Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd., the Israeli provider of satellite networking technology, solutions and services, announced on 8 August 2016 that Avanti Communications Group plc has selected Gilat’s one-platform multiple-application X-Architecture and its mobile-edge computing (MEC) enabled Capricorn very small aperture terminal (VSAT). The announcement relates to Avanti’s contract to supply EE Limited with satellite capacity for 4G cellular backhaul across the UK.
Gilat’s MEC-enabled SkyEdge II-c Capricorn is a technological game-changer, enabling Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) to deliver true Long-Term Evolution (LTE)-over-satellite performance. With this network, EE Limited will be able to provide dedicated voice, data and video services at high speeds using satellite backhaul. Gilat VSATs will be deployed at fixed and portable sites throughout the UK later this year.
Mansoor Hanif, Director of Radio Access Networks at EE Limited, said: “This world class cellular backhaul over satellite solution will play a key part in enhancing our 4G network resilience and helping us to extend the network even further into rural areas as we carry on our journey to cover 95% of the UK landmass.”
“EE’s 4G network requires the highest levels of network quality and flexibility. Avanti’s Ka-band satellite fleet is able to provide this for EE across every part of the UK,” stated David Williams, Chief Executive Officer of Avanti. “Gilat’s innovative architecture and platform complement our satellite backhaul services, and provide value to EE and, ultimately, its customers.”
“We are proud to have been selected by Avanti and EE for their LTE network over satellite,” said Michal Aharonov, Vice President Global Accounts & Telecom Services at Gilat. “This deal testifies to our industry leadership in cellular backhaul.”
“The MEC-enabled Capricorn provides the highest data and encryption rates on the market, maintaining IPSec data security at unprecedented speeds without packet loss under fade conditions,” explained Hagay Katz, Head of the VSAT Line of Business at Gilat. “It is a flexible solution that will allow us to quickly deploy a wide range of applications in the future.”