Digitel deploys satellite GSM backhaul system

16 Jul 2008

VT iDirect, a unit of VT Systems, reports in a press release that it has provided Venezuelan mobile network operator Digitel with a remote satellite router system based on the vendor’s iDirect Series 3000 equipment, which is being installed by Telecomunicaciones Bantel. The new system will allow Digitel to backhaul its GSM network traffic over satellite links. The country’s third largest cellco aims to leverage the satellite network to extend the reach of its voice and data services, and bolster capacity for existing customers. The iDirect network will serve as an alternative to microwave backhaul systems that require greater operating and capital investments.

Venezuela, Digitel