Supernet Limited, Achieved 11 bits/Hz for Mobile Network Operator’s 2G Backhaul Traffic


 Comtech EF Data Corp., in conjunction with its’ Pakistan partner, Supernet Limited, have migrated a Mobile Network Operator (MNO) customer to new High Throughput Satellite (HTS) capacity over VSAT while leveraging existing infrastructure equipment.

Challenged by low Average Revenue Per User (ARPU), MNOs struggle to drive down costs while delivering effective services over VSAT. By teaming with satellite service providers and system integrators, Comtech is able to deliver solutions to address this challenge.

Earlier this year, Supernet Limited and its MNO client, upon executing the migration plan, realized a marked decrease in backhaul expenses. This significantly improved the MNO’s competitive position and the profitability of service delivery over satellite. These savings were made possible through a combination of migrating its services to HTS spot beam capacity, updating Comtech EF Data CDM-625 satellite modems via FAST code to enable higher order modcods and throughput, and through Supernet’s exceptional customer support efforts. In the process, the MNO client realized the remarkable equivalent of 11 bits/Hz in their use of satellite capacity which translated into the OPEX savings on backhaul expenses and added room for 3G services. Without the updates and migration this would have been in the range of 3 to 4bits/Hz, similar to what could be expected from a competitive solution.

“'This successful project offers a great example of the best in breed longevity and best in class low cost of ownership of our products,” commented Richard Swardh, Senior Vice President, Mobile Network Operators for Comtech EF Data. “This project is another example of the benefit of the highly upgradable products that we offer. Not only can MNOs migrate over to HTS capacity with very little additional CAPEX enabling tremendous OPEX savings, but they can do so while also adding 3G or LTE to existing 2G sites. Our modems simultaneously support 2G, 3G and LTE services with built-in optimization through a dedicated packet processor that enable the highest quality of experience and best KPI for MNOs and end user alike.”

“Supernet with its superb design and integration capabilities, strengthened by its partnerships with Comtech and satellite operators have let us, once again enable our cellular backhaul customers to take full advantage of the technological advances in the satellite communications industry. In a challenging business environment, our solutions and support has let our customers drive down their costs and changed the conventional perceptions of satellite communications in Pakistan,” stated Ali Akhtar, Head of Commercial, Satellite Services for Supernet Limited.