Hispasat to offer satellite television on Italy’s high-speed trains

by Staff Reporter | May 24th, 2012

Spanish satellite communications operator Hispasat will provide its service for mobile satellite internet to the new Italian fleet of Italo high speed trains. The Spanish operator will bring this service to the new fleet of Italian high speed trains through the broadband platforms that it maintains in 30º West orbital position.

This system, which is reportedly unique in the world, will let users on the train enjoy advanced internet services on their own devices

This system, which is reportedly unique in the world, will let users on the train enjoy advanced internet services on their own devices. For the first time, according to the company, it includes an exclusive solution for real time television reception; this will let passengers see, for example, sporting events or television series as if they were in the living room of their own homes.

Through a combination of multicast and unicast transmission, Hispasat will offer high quality broadband connectivity without interruption along the entire journey of the train, even when it passes through tunnels. In addition, the project includes a gyro-stabilised antenna which maintains a permanent connection with the satellite. This is integrated into the train’s chassis through an aerodynamic configuration approved by Hispasat.

This innovative service is also exportable to other regions where the Hispasat group operates.

 

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