Intelsat and Gilat Unveiled a Mobile Communication for Remote Areas
2 July, 2017
The two companies provides stand alone independent communication station, powered by solar energy and provides 2.5-kilometer radius of 3G services connected to the network via satellites
Intelsat and Gilat Satellite Networks has developed a new package of product and services to being cellular connectivity to remote areas via Intelsat’s constellation of communications satellites. The joint solution called Mobile Reach Solar 3G is an end-to-end managed solar-powered station that combines Intelsat connectivity, including services from the Intelsat Epic high-throughput satellite (HTS) platform, bundled with Gilat’s VSAT system for small cell and cellular backhaul.
This package provides 3G service over a 2.5-kilometer radius, including power supply, mono-pole, and all satellite and cellular equipment. It answers the needs of mobile network operators (MNOs) who want to expand their service footprint efficiently into ultra-rural regions where traditional networks are uneconomical. In those environments, maintaining equipment and securing fuel can be the most difficult and expensive part of keeping traditional cell towers operational.
“There is a massive transformation underway in the communications sector,” said Jean-Philippe Gillet, Intelsat’s Vice President and General Manager, Broadband. “One of satellite’s biggest advantages is the ability to easily reach areas where terrestrial connectivity is limited. Combining this with solar-based solutions means that remote regions can enjoy the economic benefit that always accompanies digital inclusion.”
Digital Technology in Space
Intelsat Epic is a new generation of satellites called High Throughput Satellite (HTS) that deliver many times the throughput of traditional fixed satellite services (FSS). There are three major technical features introduced with the Epic spacecraft: Multi-spot beam design, Analog to Digital converters (ADC) and the use of the Digital payload.
Epic’s spot beam footprints are shaped by standard multi-array antennas aboard the spacecraft. These beams range in bandwidth between 62.5 – 500MHz. The benefits of very focused, concentrated beam is high forward and return gains, less power to transmit an RF signal and ability to utilize a smaller antenna to close the links. This allows Intelsat to push more megabits and be more efficient.