Providing the UK’s Largest Mobile Network Operator ubiquitous 4G Satellite Cellular Backhaul across the UK.

EE Case Study

Service Provider: EE
Region: Europe
Sector: Carrier Services
Verticals: Cellular Backhaul; Backhaul Back-up

The Challenge

EE, part of the BT Group, is the largest and most advanced digital communications company in Britain, delivering mobile and fixed communications services nationwide. The Mobile Network Operator (MNO) was the first to launch an LTE network across the UK. As part of its LTE network, EE will upgrade over 1000 LTE base stations across the UK which will support access to a range of enhanced voice, data and video services.

As a result, EE required a “carrier grade” Cellular Backhaul solution, capable of meeting stringent security controls and extensive reach of the UK whilst maintaining Quality of Service. The network needed to provide full coverage, even in rural areas, support rapid deployment, be highly resilient and reliable.

The Solution

EE partnered with Avanti Communications to provide Satellite Cellular Backhaul and backhaul back-up to over 1000 fixed and portable base stations across the UK. With Avanti’s High Throughput Satellite (HTS) technology, EE’s requirements were met through flexibility, rapid deployment and competitive pricing per Mbps. The Generic Flexible Payload (GFP) on board HYLAS 1 enabled Avanti to move capacity from Eastern European Beams into the UK, to meet the MNO’s demand.

The Avanti backhaul solution provides advanced monitoring capabilities which track and trend site usage and performance, allowing EE to divert and allocate resource where it’s needed, protecting customer satisfaction. Avanti used hubs and modems from the Gilat platform to deliver the high speed and ultra-resilient connectivity seamlessly to all Huawei and Nokia eNodeB LTE base stations. EE will access bandwidth from Avanti’s HYLAS 1 and HYLAS 2 Ka-band satellites, which cover 100% of the UK, and will connect all EE LTE sites across the country.

The Benefits

  • The new satellite service will help EE reach more remote and rural areas of the country, whilst simultaneously boosting the resilience of the network.
  • In Q2 2016, EE has pledged to use dedicated 4G satellite mobile backhaul with Avanti. The service is due to launch in mid-2017.
  • EE has an ambition to reach 95% UK geographic 4G coverage by 2020 and will use Avanti’s HYLAS 1 and HYLAS 2 satellites to connect cellular sites across the UK, with the flexibility to double the Ka-band capacity.

Avanti Communications Group PLC

Directorate Change

Avanti Communications Group plc (AIM: AVN, “Avanti” or “the Company”), today announces that Kyle Whitehill will join the board of Avanti as Chief Executive Officer, with effect from 3 April 2018.

Kyle joins Avanti from Liquid Telecom Group, where he has been CEO of Liquid Telecom, South Africa since March 2017. Previously, Kyle was with Vodafone Group for almost 15 years, where he served as CEO of Vodafone Qatar, overseeing the successful launch of the country’s fastest 4G+ network, CEO of Vodafone Ghana for three years, establishing the company as a market leader in both fixed-line and enterprise services, and COO of Vodafone India, having initially spent almost seven years leading one of Vodafone’s biggest enterprise business units in the competitive UK market.

Following the arrival of Mr Whitehill, Alan Harper, Interim CEO, will resume his role as NED of the Company from 3 April 2018. The Board thanks Mr Harper for his important contribution during a demanding period in the Company’s history.

Kyle Whitehill commented:
‘I am delighted to be part of Avanti’s new beginning. As HYLAS 4 is launched, a new story will be written. There is great opportunity here. We are bringing much needed, secure and reliable broadband communications services to communities, governments and companies across Europe, Africa and the Middle East. In Africa, we will help transform a continent by bringing communications and opportunity to unserved communities.

I look forward to working with the team at Avanti and, with my contacts across these regions, to deliver great services to Avanti’s customers and great results for its investors.’

Paul Walsh, Chairman, commented:

‘We welcome Kyle, who has the right skills and experience to drive and deliver Avanti’s refreshed growth strategy. His significant international experience and leadership skills will lead the Avanti team in building on the exciting opportunities created by the launch of HYLAS 4.

I would like also to thank Alan Harper for leading the company so expertly over the past months.’


AvantiNigel Fox, Patrick Willcocks
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Cenkos Securities (Nomad)Max Hartley, Nicholas Wells
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Montfort:Nick Miles / James Olley
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Full name (age)Current directorships:Previous directorships:
Kyle David Whitehill (55)Liquid Telecom SA

KDW International Limited

TWO Sound Limited

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EZDAN International Residential Limited

EZDAN International Asset Management Limited


Mr Whitehill does not currently hold any interests in the ordinary shares of the Company.

There are no further disclosures to be made pursuant to Schedule Two, Paragraph (g) of the AIM Rules in respect of Mr Whitehill’s appointment.

This announcement contains inside information.