Gilat Satellite Networks has announced that Japanese mobile network operator (MNO) KDDI (au) has selected Gilat’s satellite-based LTE cellular backhaul solution to extend its reach and resilience with high speed data and high-quality VoLTE throughout Japan. The vendor will deploy its backhaul solution in fixed sites as well as on deployable vehicles for emergency response – e.g. cellular on wheels (COW), which it says leverages Gilat’s ‘patented LTE backhaul solution and leading mobility features to support continuous service for public safety’. Hundreds of VSATs will be deployed across Japan as a result of the deal. KDDI spokesperson Nobuyuki Kawai said the Gilat-supplied solution will enable the cellco to deliver a ‘superior customer experience’ noting it will blanket ‘islands and the metro-edge’ areas and serve tourists visiting national parks and mountainous areas. ‘Gilat’s technology will be used to extend our network reach as well as a basis for our disaster recovery capabilities,’ Kawai added.