March 9, 2017

Objectives

Achieving operational and fast broadband

To foster the emergence of a new generation of satellites dedicated to fast-broadband Internet access and thus enable exhaustive coverage of the national territory, the government gave the go-ahead for the THD-Sat R&D project under the digital economy budget line of the PIA future investment programme.

The objectives of THD-Sat project are to:

  • Continue improving the performance of telecommunication satellites and ground segments (peak and average rates, uploading and downloading, etc.) while reducing the cost of the bandwidth and user terminals
  • Develop the required technology building blocks for satellite fast-broadband (in orbit within the 2017-2018 timeframe)
  • Nurture a national industrial sector able to propose, from existing technologies, fast-broadband Internet access solutions to telecommunication operators

Fast-broadband satellite services include:

  • Very-high-speed Internet connection
    • Two-way Internet access
    • Real-time communication including telephony and video telephony over IP
    • Download rates from 20 to 50 Mbps for private citizens and 100 Mbps for professionals
    • Upload rates of 12 Mbps for private citizens and professionals

  • Integration in home networks

  • Advanced television services

  • Hybridization with ADSL and LTE terrestrial networks to optimize the latency of real-time applications