Gilat and O3b in Ka-band deal for emerging markets

Gilat will provide Ka-band customer hubs and terminals for O3b’s VSAT services Gilat will provide Ka-band customer hubs and terminals for O3b’s VSAT services

Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd has announced that it has signed an agreement with O3b Networks Limited, the developer of a new high-speed, low-latency satellite-based service for telecommunication operators and enterprises in emerging markets, for the development and supply of Ka-band infrastructure for O3b's VSAT services.

The agreement between the two parties ensures a range of hub, terminal and network management systems will be available to O3b customers for use on the fleet upon launch. The solution developed by Gilat for O3b is based on Gilat’s existing SkyEdge II platform, which includes support for Ka-band and a unified system for SCPC and MF-TDMA on the same terminal.

Gilat's solution is further customised for cellular backhaul and high-end enterprise VSAT solutions on the O3b network, supporting upload and download data rates of over 20Mbps. Gilat will also be offering O3b customers deployment and turnkey ground terminal solutions based on third party equipment. Gilat’s solution will be available for O3b's service launch in mid-2013, and pre-launch orders for terminals are being accepted.

“Gilat’s leadership in Ka-band satellite technology coupled with their experience in the cellular backhaul and enterprise markets makes Gilat a great partner for O3b. Gilat's unique solution will allow our customers the flexibility to operate both SCPC and TDMA from the same hub, VSATs and network management system - an important feature for today's service providers looking for flexibility and efficiency in their networks," said Steve Collar, CEO, O3b Networks. "This agreement is an important building block in our advanced satellite network, which will bring high-speed, affordable access to nearly half of the world’s population not adequately served with broadband Internet access.”

Erez Antebi, Gilat's CEO, said: “In this exciting partnership, Gilat and O3b are jointly paving the way to the commercialisation of the Ka-band as a strong alternative for fiber technology, predominantly in underserved regions. We are proud to be part of this important alliance, and regard O3b’s initiative as advancing Gilat’s strategic investment in Ka-band technology.”

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