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Intelsat Launches CellBackhaul to Provide MNOs 4G, 5G Broadband Coverage; Gerry Collins Quoted

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Intelsat has launched Intelsat CellBackhaul, an end-to-end managed service that will help Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) provide national, cost-efficient and rapid 4G and 5G broadband coverage, the company reported on Thursday

“Our service will enable our U.S. mobile network operators to quickly and cost-effectively expand their coverage and bring connectivity into unserved and underserved areas, including many previously considered unreachable or unprofitable,” said Intelsat Director of Product Management for Networks, Gerry Collins.

Intelsat will enable MNOs to offer mobile broadband coverage, including connecting more subscribers, land areas, roadways and IoT devices. MNOs can utilize Intelsat CellBackhaul for network densification and backup coverage to ensure connectivity. 

The company’s CellBackhaul will provide all of the elements an MNO will require for cellular-backhaul purposes, including network-design consultation, connectivity from the MNO's cell sites to their core network over Intelsat's high-performance integrated space and ground network and 24×7 network-operations support. 

Additionally, the company will offer satellite antenna and modem, plus additional equipment installation and maintenance options and guaranteed Service Level Agreements (SLAs). As the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) moves forward with its planned $9 billion 5G Rural Fund,  67 percent of the U.S. landmass could be eligible for funds to bring 5G into rural communities.

Intelsat will support connectivity needs of American farms and ranches, offering new opportunities to MNOs. Intelsat has projected to roll out the Intelsat CellBackhaul service to mobile operators in additional regions, including Africa, in late 2020. 

“We innovate to help our customers connect more people, places, and devices they otherwise would not be able to connect, and we do that on a global scale,” added Collins. 

About Intelsat

As the foundational architects of satellite technology, Intelsat operates the world’s largest and most advanced satellite fleet and connectivity infrastructure. We apply our unparalleled expertise and global scale to connect people, businesses, and communities, no matter how difficult the challenge. 

Intelsat is uniquely positioned to help our customers turn possibilities into reality – transformation happens when businesses, governments, and communities use Intelsat's next-generation global network and managed services to build their connected future.