AWTG’s Flex-5G Innovates to Use LeoSat for Seamless Connectivity Globally

AWTG Flex5G Satellite Backhaul

AWTG is pleased to announce that it is adding support for low orbit satellite backhaul to the Flex-5G system through various providers such as Starlink and OneWeb.

Flex-5G is a truly flexible end-to-end Open RAN compliant 5G SA network that through its unique approach to Software-Defined Radio can adapt in real-time to traffic demands, spectrum availabilities and other changing context to extract the maximum performance, efficiency and benefits for 5G and its use cases.

The efficiency of Flex-5G is further demonstrated by utilising the footprint of Low Orbit Satellite both as a primary connectivity solution for rural and remote areas and a secondary and fail-safe connectivity solution for urban areas. AWTG have successfully integrated and tested the performance and reliability of flex-5G systems using Starlink satellite connectivity.

Matt Moayedi, AWTG’s Director of Service Delivery shares “We are delighted to successfully leverage the much-enhanced satellite backhaul performance to significantly amplify the adaptability and flexibility of Flex-5G solution roll out. This steppingstone achievement, combined with the use of solar panels to provide power and Satellite providing Backhaul enables swift rollout of Open RAN 5G services in both rural and dense urban areas where fibre/broadband connection or grid power is costly or unreliable. This allows us to deliver 5G network in a smooth and speedy manner speedy at such transient or urgent situations, wherein terrestrial network infrastructure is absent.”

Starlink Satellite Internet Speedtest results using the new Flex-5G server shows faster results compare to the old Starlink Satellite The maximum throughput for downlink improved up to 45% after using the Flex-5G server while maximum throughput for uplink increased to 15%

This implementation of satellite backhaul provides additional flexibility to the Flex-5G solution, enabling the rapid provision of 5G services in places where there are no Fibre or fast broadband network connectivity available, or when the costs or timescales for provisioning of terrestrial backhaul is prohibitive.

It can be applied in numerous situations; ranging from enterprise networks, to events held in where connectivity is an issue, to mission critical emergency scenarios in rural, suburban or dense urban environments.

One such example is the use of LeoSAT for mobile networks – including 4G and 5G – which can enable the connection between a Radio Access Network and Core Network. It can also be rapidly and flexibly applied in rural and suburban areas where no terrestrial network infrastructure is available, or when the costs or timescales for provisioning of terrestrial backhaul is prohibitive.