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Gilat Achieves Fastest Modem Speeds Over Telesat LEO Satellite

By Annamarie Nyirady | November 21, 2019
      Telesat Phase 1 LEO satellite. Photo: Surrey Satellite Technology

      Telesat Phase 1 LEO satellite. Photo: Surrey Satellite Technology

      Gilat Satellite Networks achieved the fastest ever modem speeds of 1.2 Gbps total throughput over Telesat‘s Phase 1 Low-Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite. Gilat’s technology aims to open opportunities for new telecommunications products and a wider range of customer experiences to markets demanding very high throughputs such as cruise ships, large airplanes, trunking, and high-capacity government applications. Additionally, the combination of high throughput provided by Gilat’s technology and the low latency from Non-Geostationary Orbit (NGSO) creates opportunity for delay-sensitive applications such as 5G.

      “Telesat is delivering on the promise of exceptional throughput, high data rate, low latency applications and this demonstration highlights the benefits of our LEO constellation architecture,” said Michel Forest, Director of Systems Engineering for the LEO Program at Telesat. “Telesat truly values our longstanding collaboration with Gilat and we are pleased to have achieved these remarkable levels of performance using Gilat’s innovative technology.”

      “The strong partnership between Telesat and Gilat marks another outstanding achievement for delivery of next generation satellite services required for high-throughput applications,” said Amir Yafe, Head of Global Accounts at Gilat. “Demonstrating the industry’s fastest modem marks a significant breakthrough and a major milestone in realizing Gilat’s vision of enabling plentiful, quality and affordable broadband, by bringing innovative technologies that maximize the promise of NGSO satellite constellations.”