Hughes Partners with VNC on Integrated Satellite, LTE for Air to Ground
Tuesday, August 20, 2019 | Comments

Hughes Network Systems, in partnership with Virtual Network Communications (VNC), announced new joint solutions to extend mobile network connectivity using an integrated combination of VNC's deployable Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology with Hughes satellite systems.

The new solutions support various global applications for government, militaries, first responders and commercial mobile network operators (MNOs).

Hughes Defense connects a ground user with a helicopter giving over-the-horizon cellular communications from air to ground.

"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, CEO of VNC. "VNC developed this innovative, edge-centric approach to positively impact lives and keep critical missions connected. Additionally, a new 5G solution is on our development road map, and we look forward to integrating it with the Hughes JUPITER platform."

Designed to provide wireless coverage for soldiers or first responders, the new combined solution 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 system (UAS). 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.

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