Intelsat, Gilat unveil solar solution for mobile network operators

Intelsat S.A. (NYSE: I) and Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd. (NASDAQ, TASE: GILT) have announced a joint managed services solution to provide 3G infrastructure in the most remote locations around the globe, where terrestrial services are not feasible, the companies said.

Mobile Reach Solar 3G is an end-to-end managed solution for mobile network operators (MNOs) who want to expand their service footprint efficiently into ultra-rural regions where traditional network buildouts are uneconomical.

The turnkey, solar-powered package combines Intelsat connectivity, including services from the Intelsat EpicNG high-throughput satellite (HTS) platform, bundled with Gilat´s industry proven VSAT system for small cell and cellular backhaul. The combination provides everything an MNO needs to expand 3G service over a 2.5-kilometer radius, including power supply, mono-pole, and all satellite and cellular equipment.

Mobile Reach Solar 3G is a small-cell over satellite package that can be carried by hand and installed by just a few people. It is intended for MNOs looking to extend services and address market needs, where unreliable or non-existent power supplies requires diesel generators to provide consistent service levels. In those environments, maintaining equipment and securing fuel can be the most difficult and expensive part of keeping traditional cell towers operational.

Intelsat S.A. (NYSE: I) operates a globalized network, delivering high-quality, cost-effective video and broadband services anywhere in the world. Intelsat´s Globalized Network combines satellite backbone with terrestrial infrastructure, managed services and an open, interoperable architecture to enable customers to drive revenue and reach through a new generation of network services.

Gilat Satellite Networks is a global provider of satellite-based broadband communications. With 30 years of experience, we design and manufacture cutting-edge ground segment equipment, and provide comprehensive solutions and end-to-end services, powered by our innovative technology.