Dish Developing Mobile Interactive Satellite Service

Former Nextel Corp. architect David Zufall is helping Dish Network build a hybrid satellite / terrestrial service capable of delivering interactive video and broadband Internet to consumers in both urban and rural areas, according to a patent application obtained by The Donohue Report on Thursday.

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Zufall is named as lead inventor on the application, titled, “Mobile Interactive Satellite Services.”

“There is a need for a hybrid communication system to effectively use both satellite and terrestrial networks to provide effective coverage to both urban and rural subscribers,” Dish states in the patent application.

Abstract: A system for providing mobile interactive satellite services includes a satellite operable to communicate with mobile units, a terrestrial base transceiver station operable to communicate with mobile units, and a ground station in communication with the satellite and the terrestrial base transceiver station to provide mobile interactive satellite services. The mobile interactive satellite services include a multicast component and an interactive component such that the ground station provides both the multicast component and the interactive component using the satellite, with the terrestrial base transceiver station used to provide an ancillary terrestrial component. A device for communicating with a mobile interactive satellite service system includes an antenna, a transceiver coupled to the antenna and operable to communicate with a mobile interactive satellite service system, a user input device, an output device, a processor unit, and a network interface. The processor unit is coupled to the user input device, the output device, and the transceiver such that the processor is operable to output received information from the transceiver using the output device, to receive interactive information from the user input device, and to transmit data based on the received interactive information using the transceiver. The network interface is coupled to the processor such that the processor is operable to side load information.

Claims: 

1.-97. (canceled)

98. A system for providing mobile interactive satellite services, comprising: a ground station; a satellite; a terrestrial base transceiver station; and a mobile unit; wherein the ground station is communicatively connected to the satellite and the terrestrial base transceiver station; wherein the satellite operates to communicate a first portion of data related to a multicast component between the ground station and the mobile unit using a first multicast beam; wherein the terrestrial base transceiver station operates to communicate a second portion of data to the mobile unit using a second multicast beam; and wherein the mobile unit is configured to combine, upon receiving the first multicast beam and the second multicast beam, the first data with the second data.

99. The system of claim 98, wherein the satellite comprises at least one transmitter for generating a first interactive spot beam; wherein the first interactive spot beam operates to communicate information related to an interactive component between the ground station and the mobile unit.

100. The system of claim 99, wherein the satellite comprises at least one transmitter for generating a second interactive spot beam; wherein the second interactive spot beam operates to communicate information related to a second interactive component between the ground station and a second mobile unit.

101. The system of claim 98, wherein the ground station comprises: a multicast core; an interactive core; and a communications unit, communicatively coupled to the multicast core and the interactive core, comprising at least one antenna configured to communicate with the satellite to provide multicast communications signals to mobile units.

102. The system of claim 101, wherein the communications unit comprises at least one transmitter configured to communicate an interactive communications signal to the satellite.

103. The system of claim 101, wherein the communications unit comprises a beam-forming configured antenna unit.

104. The system of claim 102, wherein the antenna unit performs ground-based beam-forming using digital signal processing on signals provided by the multicast core and the interactive core to create uplink communications usable by the satellite to transmit multiple multicast beams and multiple interactive spot beams.

105. The system of claim 101, wherein the communications unit comprises a multiple input/multiple output configured antenna unit.

106. The system of claim 101, wherein the communications unit comprises a radio frequency communication unit and an antenna unit disposed between the radio frequency communication unit and the multicast core and the interactive core.

107. The system of claim 98, wherein the satellite communicates the first portion of data using circular polarization.

108. The system of claim 107, wherein the terrestrial base transceiver station communicates the second portion of data using linear polarization.

109. The system of claim 108, wherein the first portion of data and the second portion of data include the same information.

110. The system of claim 109, wherein the information includes video information.

111. The system of claim 109, wherein the information includes a text message.

112. A satellite ground station, comprising: a multicast core; an interactive core; a radio frequency communications unit coupled to the multicast core and the interactive core; wherein the multicast core is operable for communicating multicast data to a mobile unit using each of a satellite and a terrestrial base station.

113. The satellite ground station of claim 112, wherein the interactive core is operable for communicating interactive data to the mobile unit using at least one of the satellite and a terrestrial base station.

114. The satellite ground station of claim 113, wherein the radio frequency communications unit comprises an advanced antenna technology.

115. The satellite ground station of claim 114, wherein the advanced antenna technology uses beam-forming to communicate at least one interactive communications signal to the satellite.

116. The satellite ground station of claim 114, wherein the advanced antenna technology utilize multiple input/multiple output antenna technologies.

117. The satellite ground station of claim 113, wherein the interactive data includes video information.