Optus to use Gilat’s cellular solution to extend rural 3G coverage

15 Sep 2016

Israel-based satellite networking technology, solutions and services provider Gilat Satellite Networks has announced that mobile network operator Optus has selected its CellEdge Software Defined Radio (SDR) small-cell-over-satellite solution to extend 3G cellular coverage to regional and remote areas in Australia. By choosing the technology, Optus is aiming to extend its 3G mobile network areas along some of the major highways of the Northern Territory and Western Australia, providing a ‘check in’ capability. Gilat provides an integrated solution, which combines small cell and VSAT functionality, and reportedly allows cost effective and fast deployment of cellular coverage.

Commenting on the matter, Paul Sheridan, Vice President at Optus Satellite, was cited as saying: ‘Gilat’s small-cell-over-satellite solution enables us to provide mobile connectivity to unserved and underserved areas … It is an innovative and cost effective solution to address our requirements for delivering a high quality user experience, under challenging environmental conditions in regional Australia.’

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