Gilat unveils revolutionary small-cell-over-satellite solution for 3G and 4G coverage


Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd., a worldwide leader in satellite networking technology, solutions and services, announced today its revolutionary CellEdge SDR (Software Defined Radio) small-cell-over-satellite solution, for delivery of 3G and 4G coverage to underserved or unserved areas.

Gilat’s CellEdge SDR is designed for the growing need of delivering high quality broadband and voice services to remote and rural regions. Gilat’s small cell solution is tightly integrated with the satellite backhaul, thus optimizing bandwidth capacity and reducing bandwidth cost.

This Software Defined Radio platform supports both 3G and 4G services simultaneously and enables seamless migration from 3G to 4G, when required. CellEdge SDR is a flexible, low power, cost-efficient outdoor small- cell-over-satellite solution, and is equipped with a solar power option. CellEdge SDR is complemented by Gilat’s end-to-end turnkey services including installation, integration and managed services.

“The need to rapidly extend 3G and 4G services to remote regions is one of the major drivers for satellite backhaul,” said Christopher Baugh, President of NSR, a leading satellite and space market research firm. “Considering the need for delivering broadband services economically, the combination of small cell access with satellite backhaul should prove attractive to many operators.”

“Gilat’s CellEdge SDR is a carrier-grade cost-effective solution designed for delivering the same level of user experience as terrestrial networks,” explained Hagay Katz, Head of the VSAT Line of Business at Gilat. “This game-changing solution reinforces our leading position in mobile backhaul solutions. With CellEdge SDR, mobile network operators can now extend coverage and provide profitable services anywhere.”

CellEdge SDR is currently available worldwide for 3G and 4G services with several installations underway including the recently announced project with the Australian telecommunication leader, Optus.

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