Blue Arcus Technologies Inc., in collaboration with ip.access, a company that provides the best-in-class wireless solutions that maximise the value of radio and data assets via disruptive business models has today announced a collaboration with to improve satellite backhaul for rural deployments. A trial in Jakarta, Indonesia using 3G technology has demonstrated significant cost savings of an estimated $1,000 per site per month.
Due to the high cost of satellite backhaul and its performance limitations, subscribers in remote and rural portions of the world are typically limited to using voice centric technology such as GSM. At the same time, issues with VoLTE latency mean that LTE is not viable for rural users who require voice services.
To offer a solution to this significant challenge, Blue Arcus Technologies Inc. and VSAT provider Lintasarta carried out a live speed, performance and QOS testing using ip.access’ RAN infrastructure and Blue Arcus’ optimisation software. The test was completed using service provider Indosat Ooredoo’s network and using satellite backhaul with VSAT downlink bandwidth of 1Mbps and an uplink of 512Kbps.
Working together, ip.access and Blue Arcus Technologies Inc. deployed a 3G solution offering voice and data services in one single offering to rural communities in Indonesia. This optimized backhaul solution requires just 1 Mbps bandwidth per RAN, while other non-optimised satellite solutions require between 3 and 8 Mbps per RAN. As a result, the combination of Blue Arcus and ip.access’ technology achieved significant cost savings of over $1,000 per site per month compared to traditional satellite deployments.
Commenting on the partnership, Naren Yanamadala, President and CEO at Blue Arcus said: “The fact that this trial was so successful will open up a whole world of opportunities for communications in rural areas across the globe. These cost savings mean we now have the potential to bring new mobile services to those who have, up until now, been off the grid.”
CTO at ip.access, Nick Johnson, added: “Despite the best efforts of the industry, rural connectivity rates remain poor. The huge technical challenge of solving many of the issues surrounding satellite backhaul – including handling backhaul latency, high power consumption and high bandwidth capacity – means this successful trial represents a significant breakthrough. This joint approach can dramatically improve the connectivity experience for millions of people around the world. ”
Mr Ginandjar, CTO at Lintasarta said: “The outcome of this trial has been significant for Jakarta. Satellite backhaul costs are one of the key barriers to expanding connectivity in rural area in Indonesia. The fact this solution overcomes that cost barrier could have life-changing implications for rural communities.”
“ip.access’ reliable products, combined with Blue Arcus’ unique optimisation and bandwidth saving features, represent a formidable combined solution for rural communities – for both enterprises and individual subscribers.”
Lintasarta is one of the leading companies in the field of providing the most comprehensive and leading information and communication technology services in Indonesia. Since its establishment in April 1988, Lintasarta has become part of the business dynamics in Indonesia by providing reliable data communications, business information and internet services to remote areas of the archipelago. Lintasarta has been trusted to serve more than 1,700 corporate partners, and has built connections to more than 20,000 networks, utilizing the advanced infrastructure based on the Next Generation Network (NGN) Platform. Lintasarta’s services are supported by local support in more than 44 cities across the country.
About Indosat Ooredoo
Indosat Ooredoo is one of Indonesia’s largest telecommunication networks and services provider with currently around 63 million cellular subscribers. The company offers (prepaid and postpaid) mobile phone services, fixed voice (including IDD) services, fixed wireless and fixed telephone services.
Headquartered in the United Kingdom, ip.access originates the best-in-class wireless solutions that maximise the value of radio and data assets via disruptive business models. The company has products and solutions live in over 100 customers’ networks around the world.