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August 20, 2019 //By Jean-Pierre Joosting
Partnership extends LTE coverage using helicopters and UAVs
Hughes Network Systems in partnership with Virtual Network Communications (VNC) will extend mobile network connectivity using an integrated combination of deployable LTE technology from VNC with Hughes JUPITER™ and HM satellite systems. 

"Adaptable for rotary-wing aircraft and UAVs, the HeloCell Solution is ideal for extending mobile connectivity in a disaster area or warzone," said Wayne Marhefka, senior director of business development for Hughes Defense Division. "Together with VNC, Hughes can extend connectivity to soldiers and first response teams who need wireless communications to carry out their missions, especially in remote and disconnected environments. Integrating with our innovative HM and JUPITER Systems technology, these new cellular capabilities will help the DoD build a layered and unified communications network architecture for faster and more-informed decision-making." 

 

Commercial mobile network operators

The VNC LTE technology can also be integrated with the JUPITER System to backhaul mobile traffic, enabling MNOs to quickly and cost-effectively provide 4G access to people in areas unserved or underserved by terrestrial connectivity – especially in remote and hard-to-reach areas. In tests, the integrated solution sent 4G LTE traffic to the core network at speeds of 200 Mbps.


Hughes Defense connects the ground user with the helicopter giving over the horizon cellular comms from air-to-ground.

"An economically efficient way for mobile network operators to reach new customers is by backhauling 4G LTE traffic over satellite in areas where it's too expensive to build terrestrial infrastructure," said Vinay Patel, senior director, International Division at Hughes. "Now, we can offer VNC's innovative 4G LTE technology integrated with our Hughes JUPITER™ System to offer operators a new and cost-effective option to expand their networks."

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