Hughes Partners with Startup to Create Solutions for Extending LTE Coverage Using Helicopters, UAVs

Hughes Network Systems has partnered with startup Virtual Network Communications, Inc. (VNC), to extend mobile network connectivity using an integrated combination of VNC’s deployable LTE technology with Hughes JUPITER™ and HM satellite systems. The new solutions support various global applications for government, militaries, first responders, and commercial Mobile Network Operators (MNOs).

“We’re excited to work with Hughes to help expand high speed 4G services cost-effectively in underserved parts of the world, as well as providing the tactical edge for military and first responders,” said Mohan Tammisetti, chief executive officer of VNC. Tammisetti added that a new 5G solution is on VNC’s development roadmap and will be integrated with the Hughes JUPITER platform.

Designed to provide wireless coverage for soldiers or first responders, the new Hughes HeloCell™ Solution integrates VNC’s LTE technology with the Hughes HeloSat™ Solution, which provides Beyond Line of Sight (BLoS) communications on rotary-wing aircraft. For military and emergency applications, the Hughes and VNC technologies combine to form an “airborne cell tower” when installed aboard a helicopter or an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV). The solution provides an extended cellular coverage radius of tens of kilometers, with the satellite terminal backhauling the mobile traffic to and from the network core. The solution can also scale to support more than 100 simultaneous active users on a single, layered system architecture.

The VNC LTE technology can also be integrated with the JUPITER System to backhaul mobile traffic, enabling MNOs to quickly and cost-effectively provide 4G access to people in areas unserved or underserved by terrestrial connectivity – especially in remote and hard-to-reach areas. In tests, the integrated solution sent 4G LTE traffic to the core network at speeds of 200 Mbps.

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