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€900,000 ESA contract awarded

The European Space Agency has awarded LiveWire a €900,000 contract to accelerate the development of the company’s new RazorLink Smart Networking technology. The technology is designed to provide users, including broadcasters, with seamless access across 3G, 4G, WiFi, DSL cellular networks and satellite, delivering failover and aggregated bandwidth – all without the need to reconfigure equipment or change applications.

Claimed by the company to be ‘of significant value’ to news crews reporting on breaking news stories in harsh, remote or war-torn environments, the new technology is said to achieve the headline objective of 5G – offering a seamless, carrier-agnostic transition between terrestrial and satellite communications.

The fund, which has been drawn from the Advanced Research in Telecommunications Systems (ARTES) programme – ESA’s long-running, large-scale programme to support the development of advanced satcom products and services – will be used to accelerate enhancements to RazorLink’s protocols, scaling for SaaS and cloud service offerings as well as integration with backend infrastructure to facilitate deployment in telecom operators’ networks.

Tristan Wood, managing director, Livewire Digital, said: “By offering a RazorLink value-add service, a network operator can provide a solution to customers that seamlessly integrates its own range of services and, where appropriate, combines them with those offered by others.”