Satellite operator Intelsat has launched Intelsat CellBackhaul, an end-to-end managed service that helps Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) provide cost-efficient and rapid 4G and 5G broadband coverage to Americans everywhere, including those living, working and travelling in rural areas in the US.
With Intelsat CellBackhaul as part of their network planning strategy, MNOs of any size can cost-effectively offer mobile broadband coverage to these areas – connecting more subscribers, land areas, roadways and IoT devices.
In addition to expanding their coverage areas, MNOs can utilise Intelsat CellBackhaul for network densification, and to provide backup coverage, ensuring their subscribers stay connected, anywhere they go.
As an end-to-end cellular backhaul managed service, Intelsat CellBackhaul includes all of the elements an MNO requires for cellular-backhaul purposes like network-design consultation, connectivity from the MNO’s cell sites to their core network over Intelsat’s high-performance integrated space and ground network, satellite antenna and modem, plus additional equipment installation and maintenance options, guaranteed service level agreements (SLAs) and 24×7 network-operations support.
Commenting on the launch, Intelsat Director of Product Management for Networks, Gerry Collins said: “We innovate to help our customers connect more people, places, and devices they otherwise would not be able to connect, and we do that on a global scale. Our service will enable our US mobile network operators to quickly and cost-effectively expand their coverage and bring connectivity into unserved and underserved areas, including many previously considered unreachable or unprofitable.”
Intelsat plans to roll out the Intelsat CellBackhaul service to mobile operators in additional regions, including Africa, in late 2020.