Satnews reports that UK-based small cell technologies developer ip.access is working in partnership with network solution and telecom engineering firm Blue Arcus Technologies, VSAT provider Lintasarta and local telco Indosat Ooredoo to improve satellite backhaul for rural deployments in Indonesia. Under the initiative, ip.access and Blue Arcus have carried out a trial in Jakarta using 3G technology and claim ‘significant cost savings of an estimated USD1,000, per month’. To circumvent the problem of users in rural areas being technologically restricted to voice-centric services (e.g. GSM), Blue Arcus and Lintasarta reportedly carried out a live speed, performance and QoS testing using ip.access’ Radio Access Network (RAN) infrastructure and Blue Arcus’ optimisation software. The test was completed using service provider Indosat Ooredoo’s network and using satellite backhaul with VSAT downlink bandwidth of 1Mbps and an uplink of 512kbps.
Commenting on the partnership, Naren Yanamadala, President and CEO at Blue Arcus, said that successful trials will hopefully open up a whole world of opportunities for communications in rural areas across the globe. ‘These cost savings mean the company now has the potential to bring new mobile services to those who have, up until now, been off the grid,’ he added.