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Gilat and Intelsat Join Forces to Expand Cell Service in Rural Regions

By Juliet Van Wagenen | March 12, 2015
Graphic of Gilat and Intelsat’s rural cellular infrastructure

Graphic of Gilat and Intelsat’s rural cellular infrastructure. Photo: Gilat

[Via Satellite 03-12-2015] Gilat Satellite Networks and Intelsat have joined forces to provide Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) with a 2G/3G cellular infrastructure solution with the aim to better serve rural regions. The companies expect the network to enter service in 2016.

The partnership is looking to combine Gilat’s CellEdge small-cell-over-satellite solution with Intelsat’s global satellite coverage and IntelsatOne terrestrial infrastructure to allow MNOs to expand their services to better connect rural populations. An initial example of the collaboration is RuralCom’s thousand-mile-long Alaska Highway and British Columbia Coast cellular network in which Gilat’s CellEdge 3G network is leveraging Intelsat’s global satellite fleet through its Intelsat Horizons 1 satellite and its IntelsatOne terrestrial network.

“There are vast stretches of the Alaska Highway and BC coast which have no existing wireless service. We believe that providing such coverage greatly benefits the public safety and brings significant protection to life and property,” said Bob Hillman, president and CEO of RuralCom.