HISPASAT, the Spanish satellite telecommunications operator, has signed a multi-year and multi-transponder agreement with Gilat Satellite Networks, to renew and expand the contracted satellite capacity to extend the mobile networks in the United States using Amazonas 2 and 3 satellites located in the 61º West orbital position. As part of this agreement HISPASAT will connect hundreds of base stations of Gilat’s strategic customers, including several mobile operators.
In the words of Slava Frayter, Gilat’s RVP, North America, “we are very pleased to once again rely on HISPASAT’s space capacity in the region. Hispasat satellites have always offered excellent levels of quality and resilience and we look forward to continuing our cooperation to support our customers’ needs."
For Ruben Levcovitz, Business Director for HISPASAT in North America, “cellular backhaul solutions via satellite are essential to guarantee the robust connections that mobile communications need in areas such as the United States where the satellite link is highly efficient. We want to thank Gilat for trusting us with this new agreement which strengthens our position in this market segment”.
Satellite services to extend mobile networks represent an exciting solution for telecommunications companies that need to extend their connectivity in areas where land-based infrastructure deployment faces geographic challenges or is not viable in economic terms. Satellite technology makes it possible to connect remote areas efficiently with the global mobile network, thus optimising the economic investment and achieving the capillarity that this type of communications requires without having to resort to costly infrastructure investments. The implementation of 4G, LTE and the arrival of 5G technology will lead to a growth in the demand for these communications services. As such, this type of solution is especially ideal for vast regions with less-developed land-based communication infrastructures in certain areas.