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iDirect and UTStarcom Introduce Solution to Expand Cellular Coverage


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October 06, 2006

iDirect and UTStarcom Introduce Solution to Expand Cellular Coverage

By Niladri Sekhar Nath
TMCnet Contributing Editor

Broadband access solution provider iDirect Technologies and networking solution provider UTStarcom have teamed up to develop cellular coverage by backhauling CDMA traffic over shared satellite networks. The collaboration combines UTStarcom’s (News - Alert) MovingMediaT 2000 all-IP CDMA base station equipment and iDirect VSAT satellite routers.

The solution will help cellular service providers to cost effectively expand their cellular footprint to remote regions. They can balance and redistribute available network bandwidth across multiple cell sights to achieve greater network efficiency and lower bandwidth cost.

John Kealey, president and CEO of iDirect Technologies, said the UTStarcom platform is the ideal combination of next-generation, IP-based technology to backhaul cellular traffic. The UTStarcom base station delivers IP packets, which are ideal for iDirect’s pure-IP-over-satellite solution.

“This is an ideal solution for cellular service providers to expand the edge of their current networks, deploy new networks in remote regions and as a disaster recovery platform to restore cellular service in the case of network outage,” said Kealey, in a statement.

UTStarcom offers IP-based, end-to-end networking solutions and international service and support. On the other hand, iDirect Technologies, a subsidiary of VT Systems Inc, develops satellite-based broadband access solutions. The solution is perfect for enterprise, government, carrier and educational sectors looking for fast, flexible and geographically dispersed two-way internet/intranet access. VT Systems Inc provides integrated engineering solutions in the fields of aerospace, electronics, land systems, and marine.

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Niladri Sekhar Nath is a contributing writer for TMCnet covering telecommunications, service providers and networking.


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