Gilat sets a new benchmark with +1GB LEO test results

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Israel based satellite networking specialist Gilat has confirmed the results of tests performed using Telesat’s Phase 1 LEO satellite. In the tests, the company achieved the fastest ever modem speeds of 1.2 Gbps, demonstrating the huge potential of high throughput NGSO satellite constellations in the future.

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Gilat achieved 1.2 Gbps in tests over Telesat’s LEO network. Photo: Telesat/Twitter

Michel Forest, Director of Systems Engineering for the LEO Program at Telesat, commented on this milestone, stating in a press release,

“Telesat is delivering on the promise of exceptional throughput, high data rate, low latency applications and this demonstration highlights the benefits of our LEO constellation architecture. Telesat truly values our longstanding collaboration with Gilat and we are pleased to have achieved these remarkable levels of performance using Gilat’s innovative technology.”

Opportunities for future technology

This proving of the potential of its LEO investments really opens up opportunities for future telecommunications products. Customers demanding very high throughput services such as airlines and cruise ships will see massive potential from these kinds of results.

Additionally, the high throughput combined with the naturally low latency offered by LEO constellations means more clout for 5G to be applied via these networks also.

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The results show huge potential for inflight connectivity in the future. Photo: Gilat

Amir Yafe, Head of Global Accounts at Gilat, celebrated the results, commenting,

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“The strong partnership between Telesat and Gilat marks another outstanding achievement for delivery of next-generation satellite services required for high-throughput applications. Demonstrating the industry’s fastest modem marks a significant breakthrough and a major milestone in realizing Gilat’s vision of enabling plentiful, quality and affordable broadband, by bringing innovative technologies that maximize the promise of NGSO satellite constellations.”

A big month for Gilat

December is shaping up to be an outstanding end to the year for Gilat. On top of celebrating these LOE test results, the company has announced just this week the appointment of Slava Frayter as the Regional Vice President for North America.

Frayter comes with a solid CV of no less than 19 years at Newtec, including 11 years as Vice President. Having a powerful man on the ground in North America will do the company no harm at all, and will undoubtedly precede some expansive growth in that part of the world.

Last month, Gilat secured a multi-million dollar contract with SES to deploy a VSAT platform for its O3b mPOWER MEO communications system. According to the company,

“Gilat was selected due to our innovative ground segment design that significantly reduces cost per bit, our ability to deliver a step function in modem performance and our engineering capabilities to further optimize the platform to efficiently support SES’s O3b mPOWER communications system.”

With a recent large contract signed with Global Eagle too, Gilat is undoubtedly ending 2019 on a high, and is looking to hit the ground running in the new year too.

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