Thursday, 28 October 2021 11:45

eSAT Global announces plans for satellite-based remote text service


Requiring no terrestrial infrastructure or back-haul, eSAT's satellite connectivity solution will provide global coverage and guaranteed transmission with a combination of low cost, low power, and low latency.

eSAT Global is developing the a way to connect billions of devices from space, announced that it is developing satellite-based text services that will provide both an emergency-capable text service and a simple messaging system when cellular coverage is unavailable in remote areas.

eSAT said the eSAT Remote Text Service (“eRTS”) will be delivered over the eSAT Communications Network (“eCN”) being developed in collaboration with eSAT’s GEO Satellite partners Inmarsat via its ELERA global network and Thuraya Telecommunications Company and will operate in L-band. The eRTS will be available to cellular phone original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) wishing to incorporate eSAT’s custom radio-frequency integrated circuit (“RFIC”) into their phone designs, larger OEMs will be able to modify existing chipsets to incorporate the capability into their existing offerings. In addition, eSAT is developing a custom communications device to link to existing handsets to provide eRTS capability.

eSAT stated that the eRTS will allow users in remote areas to connect to emergency services via text, providing location and details of the emergency. Based on an unprecedented level of security and convenience, the service will enable users to communicate directly with third parties via either text or canned messages.

eCN is built around eSAT’s patented inventions using existing and highly reliable GEO MSS satellite platforms. Designed from the ground up for Internet of Things (IoT) and small message applications, the eSAT solution requires no terrestrial infrastructure or back-haul, while providing global coverage. Devices equipped with eSAT communications modules directly communicate with GEO MSS satellites at a transmit power level comparable to that of a car key fob, enabling years of operation on a single battery. Due to eSAT’s breakthrough innovations, billions of cell phones and IoT devices can be connected via satellite, eSat continued.

The underlying technology has been successfully tested across Inmarsat and Thuraya networks. eSAT expect the service to commence field testing in Q2 2022 and the first commercial release to start by the end of 2022, the company said.

eSAT Global president and CEO Rick Somerton commented. “I have been excited about eSAT’s future from the first day of my involvement and I am pleased to announce this next step in the development of eSAT’s business. eRTS will meet a growing market need and will provide peace of mind to many workers and travellers in remote areas.

“At a time where the space industry is focusing on LEO capabilities, we are able to make a significant breakthrough by utilising the proven power and reliability of GEO MSS. Recently, LEOs have managed to become the satellite market disruptors. However, eSAT eCN and patented technologies are about to prove that GEOs can outperform in many aspects.”

Inmarsat president enterprise Mike Carter said, “Inmarsat is pleased to be supporting eSAT, its communications network and remote text service through our ELERA L-band network. We hope to see millions of cell phones and IoT devices on the eCN network via Inmarsat ELERA.”

“Thuraya has been working closely with eSAT for some time now and we are looking forward to delivering the eCN across our network to enable IOT devices,” said Thuraya chief strategy & marketing officer Jassem Nasser. “eCN and eRTS will be further enhanced by the capabilities our new T4 Satellite scheduled to enter operations in 2024.”

This first appeared in the subscription newsletter CommsWire on 22 October 2021.

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