Kymeta Corporation, the company commercialising innovative metamaterials-based flat-panel antennas for satellite communications, has announced that it has successfully demonstrated bi-directional high-speed Internet connectivity with a Ka broadband satellite. This is the first time a metamaterials-based antenna has established an Internet connection over a satellite link and confirms that Kymeta is ready to move into commercial product development and production.

“Our engineering team has worked many late hours to accomplish today’s demonstration, and it is a testament not only to our technology but also to our team of talented individuals working at Kymeta.” said Dr. Nathan Kundtz, Founder and CTO of Kymeta.

The demonstration was held on December 10, 2013 at Telesat’s teleport in Vancouver, B.C., using Ka-band capacity on Telesat’s Anik F2 satellite. The completion of the demonstration required obtaining regulatory certifications for Ka-band transmissions, made possible through collaboration with Telesat. iDirect provided the modem technologies used in the demonstration. After initial tests of bi-directional Internet connectivity and video streaming via the Kymeta transceiver equipment, the team also launched a bi-directional Skype video call from a laptop at the demonstration site to Kymeta’s corporate headquarters in Redmond, Wash., where a team celebration was held.

Kymeta is expected to have prototype units ready for field trials in 2014 with initial availability of commercial products in early 2015.