Yahsat seeks to improve broadband connectivity

Abu Dhabi - Yahsat's pursuit of an optimised satellite backhaul solution stems from a demanding mobile broadband market.

By Wam

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Published: Wed 5 Aug 2015, 12:00 AM

Last updated: Wed 5 Aug 2015, 2:00 AM

UAE-based Al Yah Satellite Communications Company (Yahsat) on Tuesday announced a collaboration with Texas-based mobile backhaul technology developer Sevis Systems.
The deal will deliver an optimised backhaul solution that facilitates the expansion of mobile networks across the Yahsat Ka-band footprint.
Yahsat's pursuit of an optimised satellite backhaul solution stems from a demanding mobile broadband market, which pushes usage patterns towards an increasingly data-dominated mobile environment.
This puts a considerable strain on cellular backhaul infrastructure, particularly in locations unserved or underserved by terrestrial networks.
For the expansion of mobile broadband access in such locations, network operators are often left with a difficult choice between paying prohibitively high prices for satellite backhaul bandwidth or investing in their own terrestrial access infrastructure.
To get around this capex and opex backhaul challenge, Yahsat and Sevis began collaborating on the design and validation of a cost-effective satellite backhaul alternative.
The companies jointly conducted technical validation and interoperability testing on the YahClick platform, demonstrating substantial bandwidth savings via voice and data optimisation.
In addition to offering a cost-effective wireless backhaul solution, the solution will also enable service options such as traffic offload and overflow via satellite.
David Murphy, chief commercial officer of Yahsat, said: "Yahsat always seeks to adopt the newest and most efficient service delivery platforms in order to support our partners, grow our business and expand our geographic footprint.
"We are excited by the prospect of further improving mobile connectivity in our markets and look forward to continuing work with Sevis to activate this service on the ground. Their credentials and track record give us confidence that a viable solution will be developed."

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