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Cellular Satellite Backhaul for Mobile Network Operators (MNOs)

For Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) looking to expand markets and add new subscribers, cellular satellite backhaul is an ideal and cost-effective solution.

Satellite backhaul makes it feasible to offer cellular services in areas that are impossible or prohibitively expensive to reach using traditional terrestrial means, such as fiber, cable or microwave. MNOs in countries from India to South Africa to Peru count on Hughes to backhaul cellular traffic for their most difficult-to-reach service areas, and they’re using the service to carry 2G, 3G and 4G/LTE traffic across hundreds of sites.

Hughes market-leading JUPITER™ System, a high-performance, field-proven satellite networking solution, backhauls all generations of cellular technologies.

Advantages of the JUPITER System:

  • High performance, with 200 Mbps+ throughput per terminal with acceleration
  • High efficiency, with integrated 4G/LTE optimization, saving up to 60% of satellite bandwidth
  • Powerful features, including 4G/LTE acceleration, IEEE 1588v2 timing, and built-in GPS
  • Advanced enhancements, such as 600 millisecond latency, 10-millisecond jitter, outdoor packaging and lower power consumption

JUPITER System for Satellite Backhaul

The growing global demand for 4G and LTE mobile connectivity presents a significant challenge in many ex-urban and semi-rural areas. These markets are often located in difficult-to-serve, remote areas where terrestrial fiber or microwave services are not readily available to support the backhaul links for base station locations. To bring service to these areas, mobile operators require a low-cost and effective means for interconnecting cellular base stations, regardless of distance, infrastructure or terrain. Satellite technology, which can be rapidly and cost-effectively deployed to nearly any area around the globe, is an ideal solution for meeting this challenge.


The Hughes JUPITER System can be deployed rapidly virtually anywhere in the world. It is the clear choice for interconnecting cellular base stations in rural and hard-to-reach areas and can be implemented as a backup to urban terrestrial links or to rural sites with multiple microwave hops. Such a combined terrestrial and satellite backhaul architecture yields the highest possible network availability by virtue of two alternate path technologies—with the satellite path being more robust when disaster strikes and capable of quicker service restoral in the aftermath.

Contact us today for more information about implementing cellular backhaul via satellite.

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