Intelsat, Gilat to Supply 4G Broadband to Mobile Operators
Intelsat and Gilat Satellite Networks announced they will jointly offer 4G broadband infrastructure to Mobile Network Operators (MNOs). IntelsatOne Mobile Reach Solar 4G bundles connectivity provided by Intelsat’s global network with Gilat’s Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) system for small cell and cellular backhaul.
According to Intelsat, the service provides an additional end-to-end managed solution for MNOs that want to upgrade existing Mobile Reach Solar 3G service or expand service footprints into regions where traditional terrestrial network buildouts are uneconomical due to reliability of infrastructure or geographic considerations. The combination includes power supply, mono-pole, and all satellite and cellular equipment.
Intelsat believes the Mobile Reach Solar 4G small cell over satellite solution will help MNOs satisfy growing demand for advanced cellular services in Africa, which is the fastest growing mobile phone market. According to Intelsat, the broader availability of more robust internet services will create more expansion opportunities for enterprises and small businesses that rely on those advanced applications, and this, in turn, will deliver additional socio-economic benefits for all citizens.
“Intelsat’s globalized network has supported 2G and 3G services for decades, and now our network can accelerate the adoption of 4G,” said Jean-Philippe Gillet, Intelsat’s vice president and general manager for broadband.