Why Kymeta

The world needs a new way to connect

We have an insatiable appetite for connectivity that grows every day. Yet there are still tremendous barriers to overcome in order to reach uninhibited, global connectivity: Traditional wireless networks are expensive to expand, and low subscriber areas and less lucrative developing regions will likely never see cellular access. Current networks are also plagued by security challenges and often fail in catastrophes. What’s more, the estimated 30 billion+ connected devices in the world will cause congestion of current wireless networks.

Satellite offers a way forward

Satellite access offers more than 5,000 times the spectrum compared to terrestrial networks—plus it is global and covers land, sea and air. As more and more High-Throughput Satellite (HTS) and Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite constellations launch and the cost of building satellites continues to decrease, even more spectrum will become available.

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The problem with current satellite antenna connectivity

The satellite spectrum has remained untapped because of the industry’s long-standing technical challenges:
  • Traditional satellite dishes are heavy, large, consume a lot of power, cost a lot and have mechanical gimbals for steering.
  • Phased array antennas are very expensive, require cooling, often cannot transmit and receive on a single aperture, consume an extraordinary amount of power and still often require mechanical steering.
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Kymeta delivers new antenna technology

Kymeta was created to address the need for lightweight, slim and efficient communication systems that do not require mechanical components to steer toward a satellite, and services that are easy to buy and understand.

5 Kymeta Wonders

  • Transmit and receive via a single aperture.
  • Wide angle scanning and excellent beam performance.
  • Electronically controlled pointing and polarization.
  • Extremely low power consumption.
  • First satellite antenna designed for mass production.

metamaterials in action

beamforming

Metamaterials are created by arranging naturally occurring materials in a specific pattern that produces an electromagnetic response that is not found in nature. Through extensive scientific experimentation and trial and error, it was discovered that the toolset could be utilized to form holographic beams that could link to satellites and do it while the antenna is in motion.

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Manufacturability

Kymeta mTenna™ technology provides software-enabled, metamaterials-based, electronic, beamforming satellite solutions that are flat, lightweight, small, and use software to steer instead of mechanical parts. mTenna technology uses software to electronically point and steer toward a satellite; this means the terminal will auto-commission and auto-provision, allowing for rapid setup and installation.