Thai satellite operator Thaicom has launched a mobile backhaul service for 3G/4G signal in remote areas during periods when network usage is high. Thaicom will use its C-band and IPSTAR systems to provide mobile backhaul for Thai mobile network operator AIS, to power full coverage throughout Thailand.
Thaicom’s mobile backhaul service was developed to support mobile networks using satellite signal on Thaicom’s C-band and IPSTAR systems to connect both fixed and mobile base stations on the ground, providing smartphone users with 3G/4G services and expanded coverage area.
Thaicom has provided this service to large mobile network operators abroad, including an operator in Japan and another one in India. For AIS, Thaicom has developed and installed a system of both fixed base stations and mobile trucks to send and receive signal. Aside from providing service under normal conditions, mobile backhaul can also aid in establishing communications during crisis or disaster situations when ground-based networks cannot be used