Gilat Satellite Networks: Doreet Oren's 2015 Trends

For a long time, mobile network operators (MNOs) have looked longingly at untapped global markets, wishing there were a business case to justify an expansion of their networks to the nearly two billion potential customers worldwide who are either not covered by any mobile network or currently have unsatisfactory coverage.

Gilat’s innovative product offerings, combined with the advancements we see in satellite technologies, reinforces our belief that 2015 is the year satellite-powered mobile network extension truly takes off as an economically viable proposition.

A clear development resulting from the frequent launches of high-throughput satellites is that high throughput satellite (HTS) supply will more than double within two years (Comsys, 2014). With the increase in supply, we’re seeing ‑ quite naturally ‑ a reduction in price, allowing satellite-based network solutions to better compete with terrestrial solutions while offering support for a variety of applications including cellular backhaul, broadband Internet, Mobility and Enterprise. To most economically serve this need, Gilat has rolled out a multi-purpose platform, SkyEdge II-c, which includes a comprehensive set of VSATs fine-tuned to address the different market requirements.

The HTS trend, coupled with Gilat’s groundbreaking offerings, hold great promise for mobile network expansion in several domains:

LTE Coverage

As MNOs race to provide LTE networks in new areas, satellite-based cellular backhaul will be pivotal. Gilat’s SkyEdge II-c Capricorn VSAT offers MNOs a way to deploy LTE networks significantly faster than their competitors ‑ a factor of weeks as opposed to years. With our patent-pending acceleration technology, built into our SkyEdge II-c hubs and terminals, accelerated and encrypted data is delivered via satellite at speeds previously associated only with terrestrial networks.

Rural Connectivity

We foresee cellular growth in areas where challenging terrain makes network deployment economically unfeasible. Gilat’s CellEdge is an integrated and optimized solution that combines small cell technology with a VSAT, extending 2G/3G networks to unserved rural areas at low OPEX and CAPEX. Using its vast rural expertise, Gilat offers its customers flexible, tailored turnkey solutions.

Broadband Coverage for Underserved Areas

Many networks in remote areas cannot satisfactorily handle heavy broadband traffic. To enable MNOs to sign up low-income households, Gilat is offering its recently rolled-out satellite-cellular VSAT, SkyEdge II-c Libra. This hybrid VSAT is offered at half the price of traditional VSATs providing high performance in the critical download direction, while the upload direction leverages the MNO’s existing network. Network operators are the big winners here, increasing ARPU and reducing churn by offering reliable broadband internet service.

Here at Gilat we’re very enthusiastic about the coming year. We know that providing broadband access to an unserved region or establishing an LTE network where none exists can only increase consumer productivity – while at the same time, help network operators thrive. From our reading of the industry trends – and the market feedback on our solutions – we have good reason to expect an exciting 2015.

Doreet Oren is the Director of Product Marketing at Gilat Satellite Networks.

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