Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd., a source of products and services for satellite-based broadband communications, recently announced partnership with Huawei (News - Alert) to deliver its SkyAbis cellular backhaul solution to a premier Southeast Asian Mobile Network Operator.
Under the terms of this partnership, Gilat will install and supply a SkyEdge II hub, SkyEdge II Pro VSATs and related services including remote site installation.
As part of a major upgrade to the Mobile Network Operator's nationwide cellular infrastructure, the SkyAbis network will support both 2G and 3G BTS/Node B sites.
Officials said the majority of the sites will replace older SCPC modems which are currently being used. The SkyAbis network will also offer improved bandwidth efficiency and higher throughputs.
Network operators, with the help of the cellular backhaul solution, will be able to save on satellite capacity through the use of the SkyAbis Dynamic Allocation Multiple Access capabilities that allocate satellite capacity to the site, as and when required.
They will also be allowed to deploy hybrid networks that extend the reach of their terrestrial and cellular infrastructure to remote communities.
"We are pleased to be partnering with Huawei on such an advanced cellular backhaul deployment," said Stephane Palomba, Regional VP for Asia, Gilat Satellite Networks (News - Alert), in a statement. "As many MNOs are looking to extend their cellular coverage to more remote locations, cellular backhaul via satellite is the optimal solution for rapid, economical deployment."
Features of SkyAbis include traffic optimization and dynamic bandwidth allocation for GSM, CDMA 2000 and UMTS backhaul, and much higher space-segment efficiencies compared to SCPC.
In related TMC (News - Alert) news, a Southeast Asian Navy recently selected Gilat’s IP-based satellite communications system to upgrade its ground operations.
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Edited by Braden Becker