UK companies trial a local 4G service using satellite technologies

April 4, 2014

Avanti Communications, British Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (BAPCO) and software company Quortus have tested a new world’s first system  to enable the emergency services in the  UK to communicate on the 4G LTE network through a satellite linkup.

The service codenamed Project Hydra can be deployed anywhere and gives a private network covering more than 12.5 square kilometres, with speeds of up to 60 Mbps for download and 20 Mbps for upload. It can securely transport data through a private overlay network, allow emergency services to make calls without interference and locate injured people through their mobile phone signal.

Paul Feenan, Director of Avanti Government Services, commented: “Our world-first is further evidence of the quality of Ka-band satellite technology to power secure data, voice and backhaul solutions. Using Avanti’s high-speed satellite link, the technology delivers up to 60Mbps download and 20Mbps upload speeds to end users. Crucially, we have tailored this for both mobile deployed scenarios as well as fixed cellular backhaul solutions, across the emergency services sector.”

The platform can also provide immediate backhaul for 2G, 3G and 4G services and be installed in areas where extra capacity is required.

Hydra has been tailored for both mobile deployed scenarios and fixed cellular data backhaul solutions. Fixed solutions cover network extension, deployment to not-spots and meeting government SLA for MNOs. Deployed scenarios provide resilience where terrestrial networks are overloaded or non-existent. The testing was completed at Satellite Applications Catapult headquarters in Harwell, Oxford in March 2014.

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