Gilat Satellite Networks has leveraged its extensive expertise in rural cellular backhaul to provide an affordable, end-to-end solution known as CellEdge.
The integrated small cell over satellite solution is designed specifically for unserved rural areas, and can deliver cost-effective 2G and 3G to these regions. It delivers 80W total average power draw including both the small cell and VSAT in a typical configuration, significantly lowering capital expenditures in the terminal and solar power generation.
In addition, it can optimise satellite bandwidth via high efficiency algorithms and a set of efficient voice/data compression techniques that can reduce satellite OPEX by up to 80%.
“In the past, mobile operators have been faced with prohibitive expense levels for providing cellular connectivity to unserved rural areas with a population of as few as several thousand people,” said Erez Antebi, CEO of Gilat Satellite Networks. “Now with CellEdge, operators have a unique solution which can significantly reduce capital and operating expenditures, enabling them to provide cost-effective services to even the most outlying rural areas.”