A Frost and Sullivan report based on a Hughes Network Systems LLC´s solution posits that satellite backhaul is the best way for 3G/LTE cellular providers to extend their networks in hard-to-reach areas where terrestrial facilities are limited or cost-prohibitive.
The report–entitled Satellite Backhaul of 3G and LTE Radio Access Networks–examined various technologies for backhauling radio area network traffic from cell towers to the core network and concluded that satellite offers cost savings, better performance, and logistical advantages over fibre, microwave, and other options in filling coverage gaps of cellular mobile networks.
Analysis was based on the HX Satellite Backhaul solution from Hughes, an EchoStar Corp. (NASDAQ: SATS) subsidiary.
“Satellite backhaul is rapidly growing as a solution for filling in the gaps of a cellular mobile network, “said Peter Finalle, senior analyst, satellite and mobile communications at Frost and Sullivan. “As carriers around the world continue to expand their networks and get closer to 100 percent points of presence (POP) coverage, the need to connect remote and difficult locations increases significantly, and the limitations of fibre or other terrestrial solutions such as microwave are already apparent. Frost and Sullivan anticipates satellite will be the technology of choice for bridging these coverage gaps for the foreseeable future.”
Hughes Network Systems is a provider of satellite broadband for home and office, delivering innovative network technologies, managed services, and solutions for enterprises and governments globally. Its website is at www.hughes.com.