Greater accessibility to satellite connectivity is one step closer for New Zealanders, in a new deal between Wireless Nation - a wholly owned Kiwi internet provider - and leading global satellite company Gilat Satellite Networks.
Terms of the agreement sees Wireless Nation gain access to Gilat’s on-the-ground satellite services.
Wireless Nation’s founder and technical director, Tom Linn, says the deal fundamentally changes the landscape of satellite provision in New Zealand.
“Gilat brings a multi-market satellite platform into the partnership,” Linn adds.
“We can now support any application with Gilat’s high performance satellite hub system, along with comprehensive network management and a family of mission-specific terminals.
“We now have the ability to develop next-generation, high-speed services via satellite; services that customers want, easily and cost effectively.”
Linn adds that the partnership is a future-proofing strategy.
“New Zealand households and businesses can look ahead to Wireless Nation’s satellite services with speeds beyond 200Mbps, regardless of customer location,” Linn adds.
“Satellite is the ultimate communications method; it doesn’t require cables, or roads to be dug up.
“The technology newly acquired by Wireless Nation makes it a fully automated service.”
Linn says Gilat’s platform enables Wireless Nation to offer cellular backhaul services - “a highly convenient alternative” to fibre in remote and hilly areas.
According to Linn, cellular backhaul easily connects cell towers to mobile operators’ call networks.
“Satellite is immensely useful to mobile operators seeking to expand their coverage in difficult or isolated terrain,” he adds.
Linn says Wireless Nation can now offer Virtual Network Operator (VNO) service to mobile operators and Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in New Zealand.
VNOs have full control of their terminals and full flexibility to define and manage their own services while also detailing satellite monitoring information such as modem status, bandwidth usage and signal levels.
Linn continues that satellite is increasingly used to backup terrestrial connections such as Fibre and DSL lines in many parts of the world.
“As businesses move to Cloud software suites, Cloud PABX and Cloud storage solutions, satellite is ideal as a backup device, due to very high service availability - over 99.99 percent,” he adds.
The new, high throughput satellites being launched in Asia Pacific region have ten times more capacity available whilst the cost to build them remains similar.