Intelsat and Gilat help telecoms to launch 4G in remote areas in Africa

Intelsat and Gilat Satellite Networks announced a new managed services solution — including power supply, mono-pole, and all satellite and cellular equipment — for mobile network operators (MNOs) to deliver 4G service in remote areas.

MNOs can upgrade their existing Mobile Reach Solar 3G service or expand their service coverage into regions where traditional terrestrial network investment is uneconomical due to reliability of infrastructure or geographic considerations.

IntelsatOne Mobile Reach Solar 4G managed solution comes with a solar-powered kit, connectivity provided by Intelsat’s Globalized Network with Gilat’s VSAT system for small cell and cellular backhaul.

The Mobile Reach Solar 4G small cell over satellite solution will help MNOs to meet growing demand for advanced cellular services in Africa.

Jean-Philippe Gillet, Intelsat’s Vice President and General Manager, Broadband, said that Intelsat’s Globalized Network has supported 2G and 3G services for decades, and now its network can accelerate the adoption of 4G. The Intelsat EpicNG platform allows new innovation, unlocking new and faster growing applications for customers.

“The broadband solution includes SDR (Software Defined Radio) small cell supporting both 3G and 4G service. The small cell is optimized to deliver the best results with VSAT, while keeping costs low and providing an excellent user experience,” said Ron Levin, VP Global Accounts at Gilat.

Intelsat will be exhibiting at AfricaCom 2017 in Cape Town 7-9 November at booth number D60 and Gilat at booth C112a.