Intelsat launches managed backhaul solution for MNOs

Intelsat launches managed backhaul solution for US mobile operators

22 May 2020 | Natalie Bannerman

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Intelsat has launched Intelsat CellBackhaul, an end-to-end managed service that helps MNOs quickly and efficiently deliver 4G and 5G broadband coverage across the US.

As much of the US is rural, there are many communities that don’t have access to mobile broadband coverage.

In response, Intelsat CellBackhaul MNOs can cost-effectively offer mobile broadband coverage to these areas – connecting more subscribers, land areas, roadways and IoT devices.

In addition, MNOs can use Intelsat CellBackhaul for network densification, and to provide backup coverage, ensuring their subscribers stay connected.

“We innovate to help our customers connect more people, places, and devices they otherwise would not be able to connect, and we do that on a global scale,” said Gerry Collins, director of product management for networks at Intelsat.

“Our service will enable our U.S. mobile network operators to quickly and cost-effectively expand their coverage and bring connectivity into unserved and underserved areas, including many previously considered unreachable or unprofitable.”

Specifically, Intelsat CellBackhaul features the following capabilities:

  • Network-design consultation
  • Connectivity from the MNO's cell sites to their core network over Intelsat's high-performance integrated space and ground network
  • Satellite antenna and modem, plus additional equipment installation and maintenance options
  • Guaranteed Service Level Agreements (SLAs)
  • 24x7 network-operations support

Intelsat plans to roll out the Intelsat CellBackhaul service to mobile operators in additional regions, including Africa, in late 2020.