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Providing the UK’s Largest Mobile Network Operator and UK Government with 4G Backhaul

EE Case Study

Supplying ultra-resilient backhaul to Britain’s emergency services

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. In December 2015, The Home Office awarded EE, the contract to provide an IP enhanced Emergency Service Network (ESN) based on EE’s LTE network. Under the terms of the contract, EE will provide an enhanced 4G network for the UK’s blue light services.

As a result, EE required a “carrier grade” Cellular Backhaul solution, capable of meeting stringent security and operational controls required by the UK Government. 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 to over 900 VSAT fixed base stations and portable base stations across the UK. Avanti’s high quality, secure and resilient Ka-band satellite connectivity offered the ultra-reliable network EE required. Avanti’s High Throughput Satellite (HTS) technology beat the competition with its flexibility, rapid deployment and competitive pricing per Mbps.

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 Government’s GBP 1 billion Emergency Services Mobile Communications Programme (ESMCP) will provide affordable and smarter communications for the British emergency services
  • In Q2 2016, EE has pledged to spend nearly USD 30 million on dedicated 4G satellite mobile backhaul with Avanti. The service is due to launch in mid-2017
  • Avanti chose Gilat hubs and modems to deliver high speed and ultra-resilient connectivity seamlessly to all Huawei and Nokia eNodeB LTE base stations
  • The new satellite service will help EE reach more remote and rural areas of the country, whilst simultaneously boosting the resilience of the network
  • EE plans 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 fl exibility to double the Ka-band capacity