Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd. (Nasdaq: GILT; TASE: GILT) announced it has been selected by a Tier-1 Mobile Network Operator (MNO) in South East Asia to provide its SkyEdge II network for GSM and 3G cellular backhaul. Gilat said that the new SkyEdge II network will replace an existing SkyEdge network currently supporting the MNO’s 2G infrastructure, and will provide improved bandwidth efficiency and higher throughputs to the operator’s 2G and 3G networks.
Gilat will provide the MNO with VSAT and hub equipment, including hub installation, and will supervise remote site upgrade and deployment in over 100 sites as part of the operator’s cellular backhaul expansion program.
Gilat AVP and Head of VSAT Line of Business Hagay Katz said, “We continue to see more deployments for 3G networks using satellite backhaul to connect remote base-stations, and these require ever increasing amounts of throughput. Gilat’s BWO-II solution allows service providers to significantly increase the number of VSATs installed and grow their customer base while maintaining their space segment costs. We estimate that by installing the solution, customers can enjoy savings ranging from 20% to 40% of the required capacity, depending on their network configuration.”