Telstra selects Gilat’s satellite-based backhaul solution for rural 4G expansion

26 Jul 2018

Australian multi-service provider Telstra has selected Israel’s Gilat Satellite Networks’ backhaul solution to expand its 4G mobile service throughout remote locations across Australia. In a press release confirming the development, Gilat claimed its satellite backhaul solution will enable a fast and smooth integration into Telstra’s network, with its DVB-S2X Capricorn VSAT, a member of the SkyEdge II-c platform, being a ‘key part of Telstra’s 4GX-lite Mobile Satellite Small Cell offering’. As a result of the deal Telstra expects to be able to extend service to new areas for the benefit of customers such as rural farmers, mining companies and local councils.

Commenting on the matter, Oded Sheshinski, regional vice president for Asia-Pacific at Gilat, said: ‘We are excited about the opportunity to be working with one of the world’s leading telecommunications service providers, and are pleased to deliver 4G cellular backhauling at true LTE speeds … Telstra’s selection further validates Gilat’s vision that LTE cellular backhauling over satellite provides affordable, high quality broadband connectivity, and solidifies Gilat’s technical and services leadership in this growing market.’

Australia, Gilat Telecom, Telstra (incl. Belong)