Satellite communications-based cellular backhaul services are coming to French Guiana to help extend mobile broadband coverage to more people, after satellite network operator Intelsat announced the expansion of its relationship with international operator Orange to provide cellular backhaul services in French Guiana.
Backhaul provision will, the partners say, help to provide universal services and increase access to both telecommunications and advanced connectivity solutions, providing reliable 3G and 4G services for Orange customers in the country.
By integrating Intelsat-enabled cellular backhaul and support services into its network planning strategy, Orange says it will be able to extend mobile broadband coverage and connect more subscribers across Kaw, Camopi, Grand-Sancti, Papaichton and Maripasoula.
“Through our partnership, Orange will leverage our network sizing and design services to build a consistent business model that is future-proof,” said Intelsat Senior Key Account Director, Europe Pablo Catapodis.
Orange will leverage the capabilities of the Intelsat 10-02 (IS-10-02) satellite to upgrade and expand its existing 2G network and provide reliable 3G/4G services in French Guiana, including to some of the most remote and rural areas of the territory.
IS-10-02 had its life extended earlier this year after successfully docking with Northrop Grumman’s Mission Extension Vehicle-2 (MEV-2).