Gilat Introduces a Small Cell over Satellite Designed for Rural Areas
Published on: 4th Feb 2014
By: Ian Mansfield
Gilat Satellite Networks says that it has developed an integrated small cell over satellite product designed specifically for unserved rural areas.
Gilat said that its new CellEdge product provides 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;
It supports both 2G and 3G cellular services.
Optimization of 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."