Objectives of the service
The objective of the project was to develop Forsway’s one-way Internet over satellite gateway, Mímir, into a carrier grade solution for operators of all sized. It is now usable for all types of one-way Internet over satellite services, covering deployments from small ISPs with a few hundred users to the largest multinational operators with high performance multi-transponder services covering millions of users.
Mímir is a one-way Internet over satellite gateway. It integrates a performance enhancing proxy, user management and authentication, transponder load balancing etc. It was initially created as a solution that would make it easy for small operators to start up new Internet over satellite services. The market interest has shown that also the larger operators have much to gain from an integrated solution for one-way Internet over satellite services. The main objective of this project has been to improve the Mímir server to make it a suitable alternative for operators of all sizes..
Six areas have been identified as critical to achieve the objective:
- Control center acting as a central control point for monitoring and controlling all subsystems,
- Support for multi-transponder deployments,
- Redundancy for improved robustness,
- Bandwidth optimization for lowered OPEX,
- Improved security,
- Improved end user experience.
The project was started in July 2012, with an expected duration of 12 months. The last part of the project will include a pilot test of the full-loop system.
The greatest challenge in the project has been to create a test environment to test Mímir with a large number of connected terminals during an extended time. Some tests have been done as part of the project and we are now planning for even larger tests.