Cable & Satellite Magazine: New satellite/WiFi bundle for bridging digital divide

Forsway, and AiStream have teamed to bring content and connectivity to underserved communities around the world.

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The joint ‘OTT-in-a-box platform’ is described as a highly cost-efficient solution that is easy to roll-out for service providers and fosters opportunity for rural communities providing critical access to community services, education, health, business possibilities, as well as entertainment.

Using AiStream Community Media Hub’s edge technology and Forsway’s hybrid Odin F-50 satellite broadband router, the partners are introducing a turn-key multicast content distribution solution to provide ‘smart’ connectivity for bridging the digital divide in hard-to-reach regions with poor infrastructure and connectivity.

The AiStream content and payments hub plug-and-play hotspot bundled with Forsway’s Odin F-50 satellite router seamlessly delivers a local WiFi service. The platform stores protected content locally at the edge of the network enabling an end-user to download content for entertainment, educational materials, vital public health information and critical services without a data charge, solving multiple challenges in one robust solution.

The two companies said they are together enabling deployment of SVOD services-at-scale for service providers without the requirement of a fixed or mobile network infrastructure.
“3 billion people around the globe still cannot access reliable internet services or content due to infrastructure deficiencies,” says Tobias Forsell, CEO at Forsway. “We are excited to partner with AiStream to help solve a critical socio-economic challenge by enabling connectivity for large populations in regions lacking connectivity and supporting service providers to tap new revenue streams.”