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Israeli Company Gilat’s Satellite On-the-Move Antenna Selected to Deliver Broadband Connectivity for Spain’s High-Speed Trains

A Spanish high-speed train operated by Renfe Operadora. Image credit: Getty Images/IStockphoto.
A Spanish high-speed train operated by Renfe Operadora. Image credit: Getty Images/IStockphoto.

Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd., a worldwide leader in satellite networking technology, solutions and services, announced on 10 November 2016 that its satellite on-the-move technology has been selected to provide broadband internet on Renfe Operadora (Renfe) high-speed trains throughout Spain.

Renfe, the state-owned railway company of Spain, is currently engaged in a major transformation and modernization project including an overhaul of its Information and Communications (ICT) technology systems. A key factor of the ICT overhaul is the provision of reliable and consistent broadband connectivity for Internet usage on its fleet of high-speed trains.

The project consists of nearly one hundred trains, all of Renfe AGV (Automotrice Grande Vitesse) high-speed train fleet. Gilat’s broadband connectivity for trains is now being implemented, with initial deployment planned for this quarter.

Gilat was chosen by Aicox, the project integrator to join a consortium of leading players delivering satellite based reliable broadband connectivity to Renfe’s high-speed trains. Gilat’s ER-7000 antenna passed rigorous testing and certifications, including the stringent European EN 50155 compliance requirements.

Gilat’s ER-7000 low-profile tracking antenna was designed for high-speed trains operating in harsh weather conditions. Its aerodynamic build and rugged radome contribute to the antenna’s robustness. The antenna is wide reaching with a high gain, cost effectively meeting high throughput broadband communication needs during fast train travel.

“Providing broadband services to Renfe’s high speed train requires a leading low profile, high gain antenna, as supplied by Gilat,” said Carlos Laborda, President of Aicox Soluciones. “Gilat was chosen for its worldwide leadership in SOTM and expertise in delivering reliable and consistent satellite based broadband communication.”

“Gilat is pleased to deliver broadband to Renfe’s high-speed trains,” said Moshe (Chico) Tamir, Corporate VP and President, Strategic Initiatives, at Gilat. “Receiving the European EN 50155 certification is an important milestone as it continues to deliver on our broadband mobility promise, and comes on the heels of our certification at CRRC [the China Railway Rolling Stock Corporation] in China, the world’s largest railway transportation supplier.”

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