11 August 2017 2017

Successful Interoperability Tests of SKYWAN 5G with LTE Systems from General Dynamics Mission Systems

Friedrichshafen, Germany; August 11, 2017 – ND SATCOM announces full interoperability with General Dynamics Mission Systems Fortress® LTE solutions. Validation testing confirmed excellent interoperability between the Fortress decentralized network architecture for autonomous LTE deployables and SKYWAN satellite mesh capabilities for a resilient and bandwidth efficient distributed network of sites with full end-to-end network communications and mobility

The combined platform provides an ideal suite for transportable and fixed LTE networks that are increasingly becoming a technology of choice for military, tactical, public safety and private mobile users. The Fortress LTE solution offers autonomous, decentralized LTE sites providing temporary or permanent coverage. ND SATCOM’s satellite mesh network solution with SKYWAN 5G supplements the solution, enabling direct, single-hop communication between sites.

Fortress cellular LTE network products use IP as convergence layer. The edge centric capabilities of the Fortress Evolved Packet Core combined with SKYWAN satellite mesh topologies, significantly improve the user experience with reduced network signalling and single hops between rapid deployable LTE cells cutting OPEX in half and reduces transmission delay and jitter. With QoS mechanisms and real-time services of SKYWAN 5G’s MF-TDMA waveform jitter was validated at less than 10ms with a MOS value of four even on overloaded links.

Fortress LTE provides a multi-band capability for global operations making it an ideal fit with the topology flexibility of the SKYWAN solution including mesh. The low size, weight and power, ease-of- transport, and simplified management of Fortress LTE enables quick deployment of multiple base stations regardless of existing infrastructure. This configuration enables users to roam the network and perform seamless handovers, both inter-cell and inter-EPC with minimal reliance on backhaul links.

"ND SATCOM is actively pursuing the cellular backhaul segment over the last month. There is a momentum for our Cellular Backhaul suite (including mesh) in 4G networks which in comparison to 2G and 3G can be decentralized and autonomous. This especially applies to portable and deployable systems for disaster recovery, public safety and similar", said Jacek Jarmul, Cellular Backhaul Sales & Business Development Director at ND SATCOM. "Following the requests of our customers for comprehensive LTE solutions including satellite backhaul, we selected Fortress LTE Solutions to expand our product portfolio and meet customers' requirements", he added.

With over three decades of experience, ND SATCOM is the premier supplier of and integrator for innovative satellite communication equipment systems and solutions to support customers with critical operations anywhere in the world. Customers in more than 130 countries have chosen ND SATCOM as a trusted and reliable source of high-quality and secure turnkey and custom system-engineered communication solutions. The company’s products and solutions are used in more than 200 transnational networks in government, military, telecom and broadcast environments.

ND SATCOM's flagship product, the SKYWAN platform, enables international users to communicate securely, effectively and quickly over satellite.

For further information on the SKYWAN 5G product, visit our website at www.ndsatcom.com/SKYWAN5G

SKYWAN Cellular Backhaul solutions:

Jacek Jarmul, Director International Sales, ND SATCOM Products GmbH,
Jacek.Jarmul@ndsatcom.com, phone: +49 7545 939 8232

Press contact:
Michael Weixler, Head of Product Management & Marketing, ND SATCOM Products GmbH
Michael.Weixler@ndsatcom.com, phone: +49 7545 939 8198