Satellite Backhaul

Future proofing the customer experience

Whitepaper Contents

– Executive Summary
– Confronting Capacity and Network Complexity Issues
– The Capacity Challenge
– Managing Network Complexity
– The Evolution of Mobile Networks
– Satellite Backhaul underpins 4G Network QoS, Capacity and Flexibility
– Resolving the 4G Backhaul Challenges
– Conclusion

Executive Summary

Data demand is being driven by the increased popularity of connected devices, such as smartphones, tablets and laptops, as well as usage habits; most notably video content including HD streaming, Apps and Cloud services. Global mobile revenues are predicted to reach $1,200tn(1) by 2020 driven by a sustained increase in global mobile data traffic, exceeding 68 Exabyte’s (EB) per month in 2022(2). 70% of this revenue will be generated over 3G and 4G networks.

As the demand for data grows, Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) with a strategy focusing on Quality of Service (QoS) will gain the competitive advantage, as this will include extending the networks reach, especially to rural and remote areas. In order to deliver the best QoS, MNOs will improve existing cell site capability and densify their networks through the addition of microcells and/or small cells. This QoS improvement will result in increased demand for backhaul and this requires a rethinking of the strategy and technologies used. To deliver a superior service experience, even in the most remote and rural locations, the blend of backhaul technologies should be flexible, highly scalable, cost-effective and most importantly, future proof.

A key challenge for MNOs is how to identify a backhaul strategy to accommodate both traditional and new technologies. MNOs that utilise a full range of backhaul technologies, including Ka-band satellite, will be at an advantage as they will deliver high quality mobile broadband services through ubiquitous 4G coverage. The advantage of better coverage and network user experience, in turn, drives customer satisfaction, a decrease in churn and increase in revenues (through increased usage and customer acquisition).

Getting the backhaul strategy right requires overcoming both commercial and practical challenges. Commercial challenges include securing highly reliable, flexible, scalable backhaul at commercially viable rates. Practical challenges concern the seamless integration of backhaul services into increasingly complex network management systems.

Ka-band satellite backhaul technology is vital for MNOs looking to provide the coverage, capacity and resilience required to guarantee 4G service ubiquity. Avanti Communications not only provides ultra-fast speeds and the resiliency MNOs require, but also provides end-to-end network integration for 3G and 4G. In addition, our world leading High Throughput Satellite technology also ensures the MNO’s network is future proofed, as we are 5G ready.

1 GSMA, Global Mobile Economy 2016
2 Ericsson, Mobility Report, 2016
3 Global Mobile Suppliers Association, June 2016.
4 (GSMA, Q2 2016).