US-based wireless network software provider Lemko and Australian systems integrator Challenge Networks have announced the deployment of a commercial-ready mobile broadband network based on 4G LTE technology in the Pacific island nation of Kiribati, after successfully carrying out the first LTE-based communication for Telecom Services Kiribati Ltd (TSKL). As previously reported by CommsUpdate, TSKL signed contracts in January with its technology partners for the rollout of 3G W-CDMA and 4G LTE infrastructure, initially to cover Kiritimati, South Tarawa, North Tarawa and three outer islands; the 700MHz LTE network will use ‘Distributed Mobile Wireless Network’ technology from Lemko to reach remote islands which are connected by satellite links. The rollout utilises LTE over satellite, meshed satellite networks and a distributed mobile core, which is designed to solve issues of remoteness by eliminating backhaul to a central or hosted core.
Simon Lardner, managing director at Challenge Networks, said: ‘It’s a privilege to have worked with TSKL and Lemko in deploying this revolutionary network in what is perhaps one of the most technically challenging locations in the world for mobile technology. The highly distributed nature of the population coupled with the technical and commercial difficulties of only having satellite backhaul have made this a very exciting and successful project.’ Bo Pyskir, president of Lemko, added: ‘Lemko’s technology solution has radically changed the economics of deploying 3G/4G networks. Lemko’s LTE software with its virtualized EPC [mobile core] along with subscriber policy builder and orchestrator, subscriber manager and virtualized charging server enables service providers to rapidly create and personalise services at an individual subscriber level. This has created a disruptive price point for operating carrier grade LTE networks.’