Hughes Network Systems LLC just wrapped end-to-end verification of its HX System with Nokia Siemens Networks’ (NSN) GSM base station.

According to the two companies, GSM operators can be assured that the Hughes HX260 platform in combination with NSN’s GSM Radio Access operating over the bandwidth-optimized “Packet Abis” interface provides a tested satellite mobile-backhaul solution.

Supporting cellular backhaul in either star or mesh configurations, the HX System’s packet-processing design helps reduce round-trip latency to approximately 600 milliseconds and one-way jitter to 20 milliseconds. A just-in-time burst feature on the return channel helps ensure that data packets are transmitted at the earliest possible opportunity.

"This successful integration testing provides both companies with a ready-to-deploy, packaged GSM/satellite solution," notes Vince Onuigbo, senior marketing director at Hughes responsible for the cellular backhaul market. "It is ideal to extend cellular coverage in hard-to-serve and rural areas, where terrestrial backhaul is prohibitively expensive, representing a significant market opportunity globally."

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