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Southern Linc chooses Gilat for 4G cellular backhaul services

Gilat will provide managed services for high-speed 4G cellular backhaul over satellite for Southern Linc’s fixed and mobile network assets.

Gilat Satellite Networks, a provider of satellite networking technology, solutions and services, has been awarded by a three-year managed service contract for cellular backhaul by Southern Linc, a fully owned subsidiary of Southern Company.

Gilat met Southern Linc’s requirements of enabling embedded accelerated MPLS traffic, coupled with cellular 4G with GTP acceleration.

The agreement will enable Southern Linc to use satellite transmission for backhaul services when established networks are unavailable. Gilat satellite installations will be used to extend cellular coverage for voice and high-speed data services in remote and terrestrially challenged areas and in areas affected by severe weather.

Gilat will also provide backup for terrestrial aggregation sites and an underlining level of monitoring and support for Southern Linc’s large-scale LTE network.

Gilat services met Southern Linc’s challenge to provide high reliability with very strict requirements, including MPLS support. Gilat services will provide transparent and simplified accelerated backhauling over satellite and enterprise and 4G cellular traffic over MPLS. These services, coupled with Gilat’s patented GTP acceleration technology are delivered with Gilat’s SkyEdge II-c platform.

Commenting on the contract, Southern Linc Director of Engineering Alan McIntyre, said: “We are happy to award the managed service cellular backhaul over satellite contract to Gilat, who was really the only vendor that could meet Southern Linc’s demanding requirements. Gilat services can help us improve service reliability and coverage particularly in more remote areas, and they will be a great support in times of emergency for our fleet of deployable network assets.”

Gilat Global Broadband Networks Vice President Michal Aharonov, remarked: “Gilat is honoured to have been selected by Southern Linc for the managed service 4G CBH project and is proud to have been the sole vendor to meet their stringent requirements. This achievement further validates Gilat’s proven technological superiority and testifies to our industry leadership in cellular backhaul.”