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Israel’s Gilat Demonstrates Maritime Connectivity On Telesat’s Phase One LEO Satellite

Photograph courtesy of Gilat.

Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd., a worldwide leader in satellite networking technology, solutions and services, announced on 6 February 2019 the completion of a successful test with a tier-1 maritime service provider for maritime communication over Telesat’s low earth orbit Phase 1 LEO satellite. This industry-first milestone exemplified exceptionally low latency and high bit-rate essential for multiple maritime applications.

The remarkable performance with latency as low as 16 msec was achieved in the tier-1 maritime service provider’s teleport in Northern Europe. The test was performed with Gilat’s LEO modem and a one-meter small maritime Ka-band antenna, demonstrating direct real-time communication. Outstanding performance was achieved in testing video conferencing, over-the-top (OTT) video such as YouTube and massive data communication on a symmetric link.

“Telesat is pleased to be collaborating with innovative companies such as Gilat that recognize the potential of Telesat’s LEO system to transform the maritime broadband communication experience, delivering very high bit-rate services for large leisure vessels and supporting applications with critical latency requirements,” said Michel Forest, Director of Engineering, Telesat. “This demonstration confirms that Telesat’s state-of-the-art LEO architecture delivers on tier-1 maritime service provider’s requirements and opens the door for latency sensitive and high bit rate applications.”

“Gilat is proud to demonstrate outstanding results for next generation maritime communication over Telesat’s phase 1 LEO Satellite,” said Amir Yafe, Head of Global Accounts at Gilat. “This maritime test further strengthens Gilat’s strategic partnership with Telesat and follows the recent collaboration on the industry’s first inflight communication over LEO satellite.”

 

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