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[FYI] S3M demonstrates low-cost Internet access via satellite

                    CORDIS RTD-NEWS/c European Communities, 1999. 

                    Record Control Number: 13034

                    Date: 1999-05-31

                    Category: Result

                    General Information:

                    More than 37 million European households connected
                    to SMATV (Satellite Master Antenna Television)
                    installations can benefit from the future
                    deployment of Interactive TV and other attractive
                    applications using the low-cost, satellite-based
                    interactive system trailed by the ACTS' S3M (SMATV
                    in the 3rd millennium) project. 

                    Small SMATV systems are considered a strategic
                    sector due to their high penetration in several
                    European countries. The sharing of equipment among
                    a group of users living in a building is the key
                    to a very low-cost interactive service provision
                    in this environment. 

                    Two specific service scenarios are addressed by

                    - Interactive TV applications; 
                    - Internet multimedia services for Small Office
                    Home Office and Professional Consumers

                    The S3M project is developing pre-operational
                    equipment based on the work of two earlier
                    European projects. The RACE project contributed to
                    the standardisation of satellite digital TV for
                    SMATV systems. The ACTS DIGISAT project has
                    defined and demonstrated the innovative system
                    concepts that are now being implemented by S3M. 

                    The European Space Agency will contribute to the
                    work of S3M by sponsoring complementary activities
                    oriented to the pre-commercialisation of the
                    developed equipment. 

                    Data Source Provider: European Commission, DG XIII

                    Document Reference: Based on a news report on the
                    INFOWIN server.

                    Programme Acronym: FRAMEWORK 4C; ACTS

                    Subject Index Codes: Telecommunications; Other
                    Technology; Innovation, Technology Transfer

                    Contact Person:

                    For further information, please contact: 

                    Miguel Angel Panduro 
                    Hispasat SA 
                    Apto: 95000 
                    E-28080 Madrid 
                    Tel. +34-91-3729000; Fax +34-91-3728941 
                    E-mail: sub-telecom@hispasat.es