Solaris Mobile Announces 2nd Generation Mobile Pocket Gateway Device

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010 

IBC, 10th -14th September 2010

Solaris Mobile Ltd., the Dublin based pioneer of new pan-European hybrid satellite and terrestrial wireless networks for next generation mobile services, announces the development of its 2nd Generation Mobile Pocket Gateway device allowing the reception of services in S-Band on smart phones.

The 2nd Generation device is significantly smaller in size than the original pocket gateway design which was initially launched in February this year. The new device has a chip-card like base frame measuring just 13mm in height, helping greatly to increase its appeal due to its improved usability.

The device is an S-Band receiver which decodes DVB-SH TV, radio and data streams and replays them over Wi-Fi via a mini web server built into the device. This technology allows any compatible smart phone with Wi-Fi and a web browser to access video-on-demand, radio and data over Solaris Mobile’s hybrid network without modification.

The development of the new gateway has been achieved in close co-operation with Finnish company EB (Elektrobit Corporation) and resolves the limited supply issue of mobile phones containing inbuilt S-Band reception.

Commenting on the development, Steve Maine, CEO, Solaris Mobile said: “The development of the 2nd Generation Pocket Gateway is a significant step forward in the commercialisation of our offering as this new device solves the problem of getting compatible handsets into the market place. The device is now more streamlined in design and the user can choose their preferred smart phone and still have the benefit of being able to access a range of rich media services.”

“Working closely with Solaris Mobile, we designed the second generation gateway with the intention of driving enhanced end-users experiences,” said Jani Lyrintzis, Vice President, Wireless Solutions, EB. “As broadcasters and mobile network operators look to offer end-users more options for unparalleled access to rich media applications, including mobile TV and satellite radio services, the new gateway device becomes an optimal choice. It provides exceptional usability in cities and rural areas, on the move.”

The new Solaris Mobile Pocket Gateway device will be on view at the IBC conference which takes place from the 10th -14th September 2010 where Solaris Mobile will be located on the SES ASTRA stand (stand no. 1.B51) and on the Eutelsat stand (stand no. 1.D59). Steve Maine, Chief Executive, Solaris Mobile will be attending the conference on Friday, 10th September 2010 and available for interview upon request to Mary Crotty PR.