British telecom services provider EE has awarded 4G backhaul contract to Avanti Communications, a provider of satellite data communications services in Europe, Middle East and Africa. As per the terms of the contract, Avanti will connect a number of cellular sites across the UK to EE’s network using the HYLAS 1 and 2 satellites to provide communications in remote areas.
The initial value of this multi-year contract is $29 million. “We have designed the HYLAS satellite fleet to offer the highest levels of network quality and flexibility, beyond the levels that have been previously available via satellite. This contract win demonstrates those qualities,” said Avanti CEO David Williams.
“We are delivering a highly resilient, truly nationwide 4G network and Avanti will play a key part in providing resilience and extending this network into rural areas,” added Mansoor Hanif, director of radio access networks at EE.
British Telecom recently completed its $18 billion acquisition of EE, which was previously a joint venture between Deutsche Telekom and Orange.