Performance comparison of 2 GHz satellite-terrestrial network and 700 MHz LTE network for PPDR services
LS telcom, the world’s largest supplier of independent spectrum management solutions, announces the publication of a report comparing the use of 2 GHz and 700 MHz for public protection and disaster relief (PPDR) networks.
The study, conducted by experts from LS telcom’s spectrum consulting team, was commissioned by Solaris Mobile, a mobile satellite services (MSS) operator with a 2 GHz spectrum licence across Europe. Solaris wished to examine whether the use of their spectrum for a complementary terrestrial ground component, to supplement existing satellite coverage, could be a cost-effective solution for the PPDR community.
The study reviews the data throughput requirements of the PPDR community and then considers the ability of 700 MHz and 2 GHz LTE networks to deliver the requisite performance in urban and rural areas. The study concludes that the use of 2 GHz spectrum, especially in dense urban areas, is able to deliver and exceed the stated PPDR data throughput requirements. Although initial roll-out costs of the 2 GHz network are slightly higher than for a comparable 700 MHz, the cost-per-bit-delivered is significantly lower for the 2 GHz network. Adding the expected cost of spectrum, the difference becomes even more significant.
Richard Womersley, Director of Spectrum Consulting at LS telcom said, “It seems unlikely that 700 MHz spectrum will become available in Europe much before 2020 if at all. And the opportunity costs associated with gifting it to the PPDR community are very large. On the other hand, 2 GHz spectrum is available today and our work has shown that its use can provide a cost-effective, high-performance network for PPDR users in urban areas. Add to this the availability of satellite services in other areas and you have a winning combination.”
The study considered the design, dimensioning, coverage and economics of both solutions and used London as a worst-case area for assessing the likely performance and costs. LS telcom’s planning engineers also considered practical factors, such as antenna performance and building penetration for the two frequencies bands.
About LS telcom
LS telcom’s software, system solutions and services address the efficient use of radio frequency spectrum and the optimal operation of radio communication services.
We are a worldwide market leader in the provision of automated spectrum management systems and their integration with monitoring systems. At the same time, we develop and market software for the design, planning and optimisation of broadcast, PMR, mobile and microwave networks. Strategic consulting, radio engineering services and training on network technologies, standards, and regulations as well as transmitter installations and measurements complete our area of expertise. Our portfolio addresses the public and private market.
Frequency regulatory authorities, ministries, network operators and infrastructure providers, system integrators and military organisations in over 90 countries across all continents rely on our solutions and services.
LS telcom operates worldwide with subsidiaries in France, Canada, USA, and South Africa, as well as representative offices in Hungary, China and Oman. With its headquarters in Lichtenau, Baden, Germany, LS telcom is listed on the German stock exchange under ISIN DE 0005754402 since 2001.
EUsatcom 2013 conference is a new type of fast-paced satcom event and for the second year provides a unique opportunity for everybody in the European satellite communications industry to come together to learn about major developments in the satcom industry, hear about highly-relevant customer cases, and extend professional and business networks. We focus special attention again this year to the emergence of the new generation Ka-band satellites and their increasing impact on applications in the market.
Satellites play an increasing role in connecting the world especially in our modern digital society and Robert Bell from the SSPI will address this theme at the opening of the conference.
The second topic of the day deals with the point that satellite connections are an inherent part of global IP-network infrastructures in the maritime, enterprise and government markets; and increasingly also in the broadcasting sector. We have presentations dealing with cloud computing, link optimisation, and multi-network solutions and their impact satellite solutions and services.
Our third topic will look at the impact of the next generation of the internet: “the internet of things”, and one of the hot growth markets in telecommunications and satellite industry: M2M. A wide range of satellite M2M services are ready to meet this challenge. What are they and how do they see the market? We also present a case story of the largest satellite M2M project in Europe.
We will discuss the topics based on the presentations of renowned specialist speakers and on the experiences of customers in the market (for the confirmed list of speakers please check our website eusatcom.net).
EUsatcom 2013 is the perfect place to come and speak to renowned satcom specialists, to do business, meet new satcom industry players and value chain partners in Europe, extend your satellite business network, and identify new opportunities.
Parallel to the conference there will also be a discussion how we can strengthen the ties within the European satcom professional community in a more structured framework.
The conference has a hybrid set up where all presentations are streamed live on the web in parallel to the real-time conference in Amsterdam, and we will use social media, video and online voting to interact with our international audience. We will bring the conference live to our audience via a number of international satcom websites and portals.
Globecomm Systems Inc. (NASDAQ: GCOM), a leading communications solutions provider, announced today that it has won contracts with Chariton Valley, Evolve Broadband (DBA WorldCall Interconnect) and Indigo Wireless to provide them with Globecomm’s LTE solutions, delivering a cost-effective, efficient path to 4G/LTE.
Evolve Broadband, a regional carrier providing voice and data products and services throughout Texas, has completed successful LTE trials with Globecomm and will continue its LTE build-out.
Indigo Wireless, a rural GSM mobile carrier with service areas in Pennsylvania and Nebraska, has renewed its hosting contract with Globecomm for a three-year term and will expand its services from 2.5G GSM to UMTS/HSPA+ 3G and begin its 4G LTE trial site in June.
Chariton Valley, a locally owned and operated wireless company providing telecommunications services to businesses and residents in northeast Missouri, will add 4G LTE services for its home subscribers.
Dave Tews, Vice President of Indigo Wireless, said: “We are continuing to grow our 3G services and will be adding 4G LTE services in Mansfield, Pennsylvania next month. Globecomm is a valuable partner that has proven it can help us cost effectively grow our network with the best technology and services. We are excited to work together to deliver 4G LTE to Indigo’s customers.”
These carriers will use Globecomm’s hosted LTE core, as well as the company’s unique Converged Packet Gateway (CPG) solution. Globecomm’s LTE hosting service provides a reliable, professionally managed LTE core, which greatly reduces both capital savings and operations savings while not requiring the carrier to hire trained core network operators. Globecomm’s CPG solution is a low-cost managed solution that keeps Internet traffic local to a carrier’s market, reducing expensive backhaul costs over point to point fiber or other terrestrial circuits, while providing efficient data access in their network.
Lowell Feldman, CEO of Evolve Broadband, said: “Evolve Broadband has recently completed a successful pilot project in three rural Texas markets utilizing 4G LTE technology. The residents of these communities are not only excited by their newfound ability to access the Internet, but the fast data speeds as well. Until Evolve launched its service, students couldn’t do their on-line homework, popular video applications such as Netflix did not work, and people in the community did not truly understand what they were missing by being disconnected from a modern broadband network.”
Feldman further commented, “The success of our company’s pilot program was assisted by partnerships we have formed with Globecomm Systems and Ericsson. As we now move toward full build-out of our 13 counties, including approximately 30 cell sites, in our licensed spectrum cellular market area in Texas, we will continue to build and rely on these strong vendor relationships.”
Jim Simon, General Manager of Chariton Valley, said: “No one else could do what Globecomm has done to advance our network. Globecomm hosts our GSM, CDMA/EVDO and soon our LTE 4G network services all in one place.”
Andy Silberstein, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Globecomm Network Services, said: “Regional and rural carriers are facing growing customer demand for LTE services and competitive pressure from the big players. For a smaller operator, the migration to LTE is complex and expensive, making it more difficult to achieve than a simple upgrade. Our LTE solutions and services get the smaller carrier up and running with LTE in a way that is cost-effective and customized to fit their specific needs. We’re delighted that we can assist Chariton Valley, Evolve Broadband and Indigo Wireless in launching LTE services that are second to none.”
Globecomm will showcase its LTE Solutions at International CTIA WIRELESS 2013 in Las Vegas, May 21 -23, at Booth #4158.
About Globecomm Systems
Globecomm Systems Inc., (“we”, “our”, “us” or “Globecomm”), is a leading global communications solutions provider. Employing our expertise in emerging communication technologies, including satellite and other transport mediums, we are able to offer a comprehensive suite of system integration, system products, and network services enabling a complete end-to-end solution for our customers. We believe our integrated approach of in-house design and engineering expertise combined with a world-class global network and our 24 by 7 network operating centers provides us a unique competitive advantage. We focus this value proposition to selective vertical markets, including government, wireless, media, enterprise, and maritime. As a communications solutions provider we leverage our global network to provide customers managed access services to the United States Internet backbone, video content, the public switched telephone network or their corporate headquarters, or government offices. We currently have customers for which we are providing such services in the United States, Europe, South America, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia.