Astrome is a wireless technology development company using wave technology to offer wireless backhaul solutions. The company was founded in San Diego and also operates out of the Entrepreneurship Centre Building, Society for Innovation and Development (SID) in Bangalore.
The company was founded in 2015 by CEO Neha Satak and chairman Prasad Bhat and incubated at the Indian Institute of Science (IiSc). Astrome's technology is supported by Cisco, existing analog devices, and IESA. Astrome currently field tests at the IiSc and has achieved multi-gigabyte speed across the campus.
Astrome offers internet service solutions that handle network congestion problems and can handle 5G backhaul capacity. The company's goal is to offer satellite transponders that can handle twelve times the capacity of traditional Ku/Ka band transponders.
Astrome produces a propriety technology named GigaMesh, marketed as offering a six-fold cost reduction per link compared to other wireless solutions available on the market. GigaMesh offers 80 Gbps capacity per device, and can simultaneously form multiple P2P links to more efficiently handle large numbers of P2P wireless devices for each tower. Each device can handle up to 40 links with a 2 Gbps capacity on each, with a range of up to 10 kilometers.
GigaMesh utilizes proprietary millimeter wave wireless technology for Astrome's mesh architecture and forms multiple point-to-point (P2P) links. The device's link structure is inherently designed for remote monitoring and is suited for software-defined networks (SDN).
Setting up a link using GigaMesh takes a few seconds, compared to existing P2P wireless devices that can take months to set up and require considerable manual effort due to mechanically aligned links. GigaMesh differs by using electronically steered links that align automatically and instantly.
GigaMesh allows operators the ability to quickly set up multi-Gbps wireless links to enterprise consumers who are beyond the reach of fibre infrastructure. Astrome's devices offer fibre-like connectivity at a fraction of the cost involved in laying and maintaining fibre. GigaMesh devices can strategically remove all internet dead spots in an operator's network with great ease.
GigaMesh targets to serve rural areas outside the scope of existing service providers and enables operators to serve four times the customers per tower, while simultaneously upgrading the network to mesh topology.
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