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Caldera, Inktomi and OnSat Deliver Internet Bandwidth Via Satellite With Essential Extras

Caldera Thin Clients, Inktomi, and OnSat Network Communications are delivering Internet bandwidth via satellite complete with set-top devices and caching software.

The solution uses Caldera's low-cost, graphical set-top devices at the consumer end, with Inktomi's network cache deployed throughout the system.

Headed by OnSat, the solution has a global reach, with immediate worldwide availability. It uses Caldera's embedded Internet set-top software DR-WebSpyder in preference to the Microsoft Web-TV solution. DR-WebSpyder converts televisions and low-resource embedded devices into Internet access and e-mail client devices.

"This initiative is the first to couple Internet bandwidth delivery through satellites with a consumer-oriented software interface that is stable, affordable and highly customizable," said Roger Gross, president and CEO of Caldera Thin Clients, commented. "The use of DR-WebSpyder enables OnSat to provide Internet access, e-mail, voice mail and other electronic services, like financial smart cards, even to remote and underdeveloped areas of the world."

OnSat recently completed a pilot program with several ISPs in the United States and can now extend the service worldwide.

Startec, a South Africa-based company, is implementing the solution to make Internet and e-mail access available to remote villages in Sub-Saharan Africa. The satellite solution can reach where ISP accounts via land lines are unavailable--making the Internet accessible to people in some of the most far-flung parts of the world.



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