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Wavestream First to Deliver Layer 2 with GTP Acceleration to Provide True LTE Speeds over Satellite for Large-Scale Networks

Operational-efficiency now achieved for both cellular backhaul and corporate connectivity applications over the SkyEdge II-c platform

November 8, 2016 — Wavestream Corporation, a worldwide leader in satellite networking technology, solutions and services, announced today being the first to deliver Layer 2 with GTP acceleration to provide true LTE speeds as well as operational efficiency, for large-scale networks. Layer 2 functionality is now available for both cellular backhaul and corporate connectivity applications.

Wavestream patent pending innovative GTP acceleration techniques provide true LTE performance of 150 Mbps to the handset, being on par with terrestrial performance. This technological breakthrough was chosen by tier-1 MNOs in the US, UK and Japan to extend network coverage and for public safety applications, thus propelling satellite backhaul from a niche play to the mainstream. With this solution, Wavestream is driving satellite cellular backhauling from the developing world to the developed world, and from rural areas, to the metro-edge, and metro networks.

These heterogeneous networks compromising of terrestrial and satellite backhauling require simplified operational practices. Addressing this need, Wavestream is the first to implement carrier grade Layer 2 with GTP acceleration, thus providing true LTE performance on large-scale networks.

“Wavestream is leapfrogging the conventional Layer 2 implementation by adding the ability to accelerate inside the LTE GTP Tunnel as well as being IP transparent. This enables application of standard terrestrial operational practices to satellite networks,” said Hagay Katz, Head of the VSAT Line of Business at Wavestream, “The unique feature set provided by Wavestream includes Q-in-Q, Ethernet Virtual Connection based on the MEF standards, header compression to improve efficiency over the satellite link, and standard Layer 2 telemetries for performance management and fault management. This comprehensive package ensures smooth integration to network operator systems and is testament to Wavestream continued technological leadership.”


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