German internet via satellite provider Eusanet has installed satellite-based backup systems for radio broadcasters on 15 key transmission towers in Germany on behalf of a large German transmission network operator.
If the signal contribution through the land-line broadband connection is interrupted, the system automatically switches to the satellite feed enabling listeners to continue receiving the radio station of their choice without disruption.
The backup solution uses capacity on Eutelsat’s KA-SAT satellite at 9° East which transmits the IP signal to the transmission towers. An integrated heating system is automatically activated through a moisture and snow sensor, ensuring that the satellite dish can provide backup during winter.
A total of 20 transmission towers will be equipped with the solution; the first 15 systems were installed in the past week.
“The debate about infrastructure-specific backup solutions, long neglected for cost reasons, will considerably heat up due to the network outages and recent media reports regarding the vulnerability of electric power supply systems,” said Stephan Schott, managing director of Eusanet.
“The M2M communication between machines and the internet of things are also extremely dependant on working connections,” said Schott. “Reliable backup systems can quickly be installed at decent costs from €15.99 per month.”