Kymeta Demonstrates Fully Operational Satellite/Cellular Hybrid Connectivity Solution

At the Mobile World Congress, Kymeta demonstrated its hybrid, one-source connectivity platform to more than 50 industry professionals. The company hosted 30 live demonstrations throughout the show in its fully functioning mobile satellite-cellular vehicle. Channel partners, customers, media, and other attendees rode around the city of Barcelona and observed the network instantly switch between satellite and cellular-based service.

Streaming applications such as music from Amazon Alexa and the live Mobile World Congress video stream played continuously throughout each drive. Kymeta’s unique solution, that leverages both satellite and cellular networks, enabled all streaming services to perform without observable interruption. According to Tom Freeman, Senior Vice President of Land Mobile at Kymeta, participants were impressed with the technology and were thrilled to watch the live stream maintain while switching between satellite and cellular without drop-in connectivity. This real, in-market solution, according to him, is not merely a concept but a milestone in mobile connectivity.

The vehicle, integrated by Kymeta partner Excelerate Group, included a software-defined wireless WAN solution from Cradlepoint, LTE services from Cubic Telecom, satellite capacity from the Intelsat satellite network, satellite connectivity provided by the Kymeta u7 terminal and an iDirect modem to provide a complete connectivity solution. Participants were able to observe seamless switching from cellular to satellite in real-time through an application developed by Kymeta which showed what network users were connected to at any given moment. Industry leaders including first responders, connected vehicle experts, vehicle manufacturers, investors, analysts, and more experienced always-on, mobile connectivity first-hand.

Kymeta’s hybrid satellite-cellular solution is being used today to help gather data and other statistics to improve Peru’s transportation while connecting people in difficult to reach areas around the country. This work is laying the foundation for industry applications using the company’s ubiquitous mobile connectivity platform within commercial agriculture, fleet management, public transportation, and critical access for first responders. Find more information on the Peru project here.