Hughes Network Systems and Lemko have successfully demonstrated wireless 4G/LTE transmissions over satellite backhaul. The wireless transmissions were conducted at download speeds of greater than 10 Mbps and upload speeds of 786 kbps, including video phone calls.
A combination of a Hughes satellite modem with Jupiter high-throughput technology and Lemko’s distributed mobility wireless network (DiMoWiNe) were used in the demonstration. The DiMoWiNe solution virtualizes the core, and all the switching and routing is moved to the network’s edge, which reduces latency and jitter.
“The growing need for the dissemination of real-time video to our warfighters requires the combination of wireless 4G/LTE and high-throughput satellite backhaul. The unique combination of these technologies eliminates the latency issues that can disrupt LTE traffic backhauled over conventional satellite links,” said Rick Lober, vice president and general manager of the Hughes Defense and Intelligence Systems Division, in a company release.
Deploying wireless 4G/LTE systems using a satellite backbone enables important applications for mobile broadband in tactical communications for both military and public safety markets.
In a company statement, Chris White, executive vice president at Lemko, said, “DiMoWiNe is a key innovation breakthrough needed to bring mobile 4G LTE networks to warfighters and public safety officers. LTE over satellite completes the 4G ecosystem. Because of the need to have interoperability across networks and devices, remote and rapid deployment applications can leverage the massive worldwide ecosystem for hardware and applications.”
Operating over Echostar XVII, Hughes Jupiter high-throughput technology employs an advanced multi-spot beam and bent-pipe architecture, and will provide well over 100 Gbps capacity in North America.