Comtech, Supernet migrate MNO to new HTS capacity

08 August 2017 | Jason McGee-Abe


Comtech Telecommunications and Supernet, its Pakistan partner, have migrated a mobile network operator (MNO) customer to new high throughput satellite (HTS) capacity.

ESA satelliteIts Arizona-based subsidiary, Comtech EF Data, worked in conjunction with Supernet to migrate the MNO to new high HTS capacity over VSAT while leveraging existing infrastructure equipment. It achieved 11BHz for the MNO’s 2G backhaul traffic.

“This successful project offers a great example of the best in breed longevity and best in class low cost of ownership of our products,” commented Richard Swardh, senior vice president of mobile network operators for Comtech EF Data.

“This project is another example of the benefit of the highly upgradable products that we offer. Not only can MNOs migrate over to HTS capacity with very little additional CAPEX enabling tremendous OPEX savings, but they can do so while also adding 3G or LTE to existing 2G sites. Our modems simultaneously support 2G, 3G and LTE services with built-in optimisation through a dedicated packet processor that enable the highest quality of experience and best KPI for MNOs and end user alike.”

MNOs struggle to drive down costs over VSAT but by teaming up with satellite service providers and system integrators, Comtech is able to deliver solutions to address this challenge.

Earlier this year, Supernet and its MNO client, upon executing the migration plan, realised a marked decrease in backhaul expenses. These savings were made possible through a combination of migrating its services to HTS spot beam capacity, updating Comtech EF Data CDM-625 satellite modems via FAST code to enable higher order modcods and throughput, and through Supernet’s customer support efforts. 

In the process, the MNO client realised the remarkable equivalent of 11BHz in their use of satellite capacity which translated into the OPEX savings on backhaul expenses and added room for 3G services. Without the updates and migration this would have been in the range of 3 to 4BHz, similar to what could be expected from a competitive solution.

Ali Akhtar, head of commercial for satellite services at Supernet, added: “Supernet with its superb design and integration capabilities, strengthened by its partnerships with Comtech and satellite operators have let us, once again enable our cellular backhaul customers to take full advantage of the technological advances in the satellite communications industry. In a challenging business environment, our solutions and support has let our customers drive down their costs and changed the conventional perceptions of satellite communications in Pakistan.”