The Case for Satellite Backhaul in Powering Cellular Connections July 17, 2018 Vinay Patel, Senior Director, International Cellular Backhaul , Connecting the Unconnected false Recently, I joined with Don Frey, Principal Analyst at Ovum, and Jeffrey Hill, Chairman of Aerospace Events & Via Satellite Executive Editor, for a webinar about Powering Cellular Connections by Satellite. Targeted to Mobile Network Operators (MNOs), the event was attended by representatives from across the ecosystem: MNOs, satellite operators, industry organizations and government regulators on several continents. The webinar set out to explore how cell services can be deployed in rural and hard-to-serve areas cost-effectively, using satellite backhaul. Don Frey did an excellent job reviewing the growing market for mobile broadband in developing countries and remote areas and the ways in which satellite will help meet the demand for the higher connections expected with 4G deployments over the next several years. After Don set the stage, I addressed four topics that I have heard from MNOs about using satellite for cellular backhaul, summarized below. A Proven Cellular Backhaul Option. For anyone who wonders whether satellite can backhaul cellular traffic, the answer is, unequivocally, yes. In fact, with no distance limitations on deployment like the wireline and wireless options, satellite is easy to deploy for 2G, 3G and 4G backhaul. Satellite has been used for cellular backhaul for decades, and today supports no less than 50,000 sites, expected to grow to 180,000 sites by 2027. Capacity is Growing. I have heard some question whether there is enough satellite bandwidth to support cellular backhaul. As High-Throughput Satellites (HTS) are launched, the worldwide capacity is increasing dramatically. In 2019, there will be more than 2,000 Gbps of HTS capacity in service across the globe! Yes. There is plenty of capacity…and the cost is coming down, too. Prices are Dropping. This is great news for MNOs that want to use satellite for cell backhaul, especially as the asymmetry of mobile traffic aligns perfectly to the ability of satellite to support a very high-speed forward channel, consistent with video and data streaming demands. Satellite also handles peak busy traffic effortlessly, while maintaining required speeds. The fact is that satellite backhaul is not only financially viable, it’s often more cost-effective than other transport methods. Satellite Backhaul Works. In areas all around the globe, satellite backhauls 2G, 3G and 4G cell traffic. From India, where Reliance Jio uses 4G over satellite to support 1,000 sites, to the DRC where Vodacom uses satellite to backhaul traffic from 1,100 sites, MNOs are using satellite backhaul because it works. As MNOs seek to grow their wireless footprints to meet the accelerating connectivity needs of their markets, satellite backhaul will continue to be an important part of the infrastructure. Even as 5G proliferates, satellite will continue to play a supporting role there, as well, especially in bringing core functions to the network edge, distributing content cost-effectively, and backhauling IoT data. For more information about Hughes Satellite Backhaul solutions, click [here]. To see a replay of the webinar, click [here]. Categories See All Connecting the Unconnected (49) Satellite is Essential (47) Company News (42) JUPITER System (29) HughesNet (25) HughesON Managed Networks (18) SD-WAN (16) Podcast (15) Community Wi-Fi (15) Emergency Communications (12) Interoperability (11) Cellular Backhaul (10) Mobility (8) Popular Blogs HughesNet Named Best Satellite Internet Service, Meets Increased Demand in More PlacesMay 7, 2021 Hughes India Enables Access to Vital Banking ServicesMay 11, 2021 OneWeb Gateways Require Complex Hughes Engineering May 19, 2021 Better Satellite World Podcast: Space for All, Season 2 - The Rural ImperativeMay 24, 2021 The Future of ConnectivityJun 9, 2021 Related Posts See All How Hughes Fosters a Culture of Continuous Innovation July 23, 2021 SIA Report: Satellite Industry Leads Global Space Economy July 19, 2021 Peru School System and HughesNet Connect Students to Educational Resources June 15, 2021 The Future of Connectivity June 09, 2021 EM Weekly Podcast Episode: When Disaster Strikes, Staying Connected Matters February 19, 2021 ENJOY THIS POST? Provide your email below to receive a monthly round-up of what’s happening in the world of connectivity! First Name Last Name Email Company Campaign ID CAPTCHA This question is for testing whether or not you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions.