Satellite backhaul technology is essential to extend cellular coverage.
Technological advances in different sectors, such as telecommunications, allowed the world to have connectivity at all times, every day. However, in certain remote areas, traditional systems cannot penetrate and provide the necessary coverage. Several companies in the sector have focused on the issue, in order to provide a stable and sufficient signal to secure access to voice, data and communication services to remote populations.
In the report of the Northern Sky Research firm, one of the most important pillars within the satellite industry was identified in the coming years: the cellular backhaul. As the active base increases, new use cases appear or broadband services have a more active market share, the demand for this technology would be boosted. In fact, the consultant’s estimate is to see the system’s revenues triple over the next 10 years, 3 thousand 400 million dollars by 2026. Its impact would be so great that mobile companies would outsource their network management operations.
With this precedent, how could satellite backhaul technology be applied? Amongst the most common uses can be the expansion of cellular networks, the deployment to hard-to-reach areas of telephony stations and further expansion of trunking services. In the field of communications, these types of systems provide access to the network to multiple clients simultaneously by sharing a group of lines or frequencies, instead of granting them individually.
“Through the satellite backhaul internet, telecommunications could generate revenues of $ 3.4 billion by 2026.”
Another great feature of the satellite cellular backhaul is its ability to facilitate communication and expand the area of operation of public and mobile telephony providers. Thus, more coverage and support would be given to existing technologies (2G, 3G, 4G) and, in the not too distant future, even 5G. Similarly, companies could meet the growing demand of the remote telephony services market.
At AXESS, we have experience in the installation of coverage in remote areas (Galapagos Islands, Ecuador; Colombia or Iquitos, Peru) and with regional cellular operators, the importance of satellite connectivity is ratified in the context of cellular backhaul. In fact, greater ease of service expansion, better user and business experience and more efficient operation costs are some of the benefits of this technology. Technological evolution allowed for greater telecommunications capacity, which in turn has made prices more competitive. In addition, by increasing the demand for data (and the levels of demand for services) by users, operators are required to guarantee uniform experiences, no matter if they are terrestrial or satellite connections. However, the latter demonstrated their capacity to adapt to almost any condition, without noticeable changes to traditional systems. (See satellite phone).