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Gilat to Power Eutelsat’s Satellite Broadband in Western Russia

Gilat's SkyEdge II-c hub, featuring c-chassis and x-chassis. Photograph courtesy of Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd.
Gilat’s SkyEdge II-c hub, featuring c-chassis and x-chassis. Photograph courtesy of Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd.

Eutelsat, headquartered in Paris, France, has selected Israeli company Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd. to provide technology to power its new satellite broadband services throughout Western Russia in July 2016.

Using Gilat’s SkyEdge II-c hub with X-Architecture and SkyEdge II-c small user terminals, Eutelsat plans to deliver broadband services using the new Express AMU1/EUTELSAT 36C satellite. In order to facilitate these new services a new hub is to be installed at the Russian Satellite Communications Corporation (RSCC) satellite centre at Dubna, located near Russia’s capital Moscow.

The Express AMU1/EUTELSAT 36c satellite will have a High Throughput payload containing 18 Ka-beams that will provide coverage of the entire Western part of Russia from its Arctic coastline through to the Caspian Sea.

Speaking on behalf of Gilat, Ron Levin, Director of Strategic Accounts, said, “We are proud to win Eutelsat’s trust in a head-to-head competition with the world’s top satellite broadband network providers. By working together with Eutelsat in Russia, our market position is greatly enhanced.”

Mr. Levin added that, “[T]he agreement further validates our multi-application, one platform X-Architecture as the most advanced baseband system for HTS.”

For the Eutelsat Networks company that will provide the satellite broadband services throughout Western Russia, General Director Kirill Yanchenko said, “Our deployment of Gilat technology is a new milestone taking us closer to the commercial launch of services in July. In working with Gilat we are putting in place a key component of a high-performance broadband infrastructure that will deliver high-quality connectivity.”