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Israel’s Gilat And Telesat Collaborate On LEO Modem Project

Photograph courtesy of Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd.

Gilat and Telesat have embarked on a collaborative project that will see the development of broadband communication technology using low earth orbit (LEO) satellites with an aim to accelerate access to broadband connectivity to those who live out of reach of fibre networks.

The joint Canada-Israel innovation project is to be funded by the Canada-Israel Research and Development Foundation (CIIRDF) and will facilitate faster and more secure data transmission over satellite. Gilat will work on the adaptation of its modem technology to support advanced LEO constellations like Telesat’s that will eventually deliver broadband to the billions that do not currently have access.

“Telesat is pleased to join forces with Gilat in the development of modem technology that we will use to deliver high-speed broadband communications over the Telesat Phase-1 LEO satellite already in orbit,” said Dave Wendling, Telesat’s Chief Technical Officer. “This project will allow us to demonstrate the high performance and low latency advantages of Telesat’s LEO constellation to our tier-1 aeronautical, maritime and enterprise customers.”

“Gilat shares Telesat’s vision that the inherent advantages of LEO constellations will transform satellite communications and we are delighted to take part in the joint project funded by CIIRDF,” said Ron Levin VP Mobility and Global Accounts at Gilat. “We are fully engaged in the development of customer terminals that will operate over LEO constellations and will provide an excellent user experience over satellite for a multitude of new applications including, for example, 5G mobile backhaul.”

“This bilateral technology partnership directly supports the objectives of CIIRDF, anchored by a strong value proposition for the collaborating firms and their customers,” said Dr. Henri Rothschild, President of CIIRDF. “The outcomes of this project will advance the technological capabilities of low earth orbit satellites, and help Telesat and Gilat capture new opportunities in this global commercial market. Downstream, this powerful cooperation will translate into new jobs and revenues that further strengthen economies of Israel and Canada.”

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