Altobridge is an R&D-focused, wireless network solutions provider. Its founding vision was to remove the technical and commercial barriers that denied remote communities affordable mobile voice and internet connectivity.
Since its creation in 2002, Altobridge has designed, patented and commercially deployed technology innovations that have bridged the digital divide; breakthrough solutions that now enable mobile network operators, particularly in low and lower-middle income nations, to affordably connect unconnected communities.
In its early years, Altobridge developed and commercially deployed the solutions behind the world’s first commercial GSM service on board passenger aircraft and the world’s first commercial deployment of GSM connectivity on board deep-sea merchant maritime vessels globally.
Advancing from these breakthroughs, Altobridge focused its resources on solving the technical and commercial barriers that prevented mobile network operators from cost-effectively extending their networks beyond their urban strongholds to population centres in rural and remote regions throughout emerging markets; communities yet to reap the social and economic benefits of mobile connectivity.
September: The World Economic Forum select Altobridge as a 2012 Technology Pioneer.
August: Asiacell roll out mobile voice, broadband and SMS services across remote communities in Iraq using the Altobridge lite-site™ solution.
June: Altobridge and Gateway win best ‘Wholesale Service Innovation’ at the Global Telecoms Business Innovation Awards.
April: Our Telekom choose the Altobridge lite-site™ to bring first-time mobile connectivity to remote communities throughout the island.
March: Altobridge receive US$12 funding from Intel Capital and the IFC.
February: Indosat select Altobridge as its supplier of choice to bring mobile connectivity to remote communities across Indonesia.
October: Altobridge joined forces with Gateway Communications to provide cost-effective and green-power-enabled mobile connectivity for remote African communities.
November: Altobridge ranked 20th in the Deloitte Technology Fast 50, a ranking of the 50 fastest growing technology companies in Ireland. Rankings are based on average percentage revenue growth over five years.
Altobridge wins more awards:
- Finalist alongside the world’s largest mobile vendors at the GSMA Mobile World Congress
- Winner, MobiCom Best Technology Award
- Winner, Deloitte Best Managed Companies
- Winner, ICT Innovation Awards
- Finalist, ‘Highly Commended’, IET Innovation Awards
- Finalist, AfricaCom Awards
- Winner, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards – CEO Mike Fitzgerald
- A winner, GSMA Mobile Innovation Grand Prix – APAC Tournament
“…Local Connectivity feature represents a significant breakthrough in reducing communications costs, making it profitable to bring mobile communications to people across the four corners of the Earth.”
- Ulf Ewaldsson, Vice President & Head of Product Area Radio, Ericsson.
Altobridge licences its software to Blue Ocean Wireless (BOW), an Irish company focused on expanding communication capability in the merchant maritime sector. Altobridge is also a major shareholder and investor of BOW alongside Smart (Philippines) and NTT DoCoMo (Japan). It is currently valued at USD 87m.
“The proven Altobridge platform will be the link between our Inmarsat satellite access and onboard GSM mobile users,” stated Berit Svendsen, Telenor Chief Technical Officer. “As a recognized market leader, Altobridge’s commitment not only brings proven technology to the ARINC/Telenor mobile solution, but enhances its market appeal.”
Focusing on the use of legacy satellite technology for backhaul, Altobridge’s unique patented technology is behind the world’s first commercial flight offering GSM services to passengers via AeroMobile, with Emirates being the first airline to launch the service in March 2008.