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March 20, 2013

Gilat SkyEdge II Helps HISPASAT Grow its Broadband Satellite-Based Network

By Nathesh, TMCnet Contributor


HISPASAT, a satellite communications operator, expanded its broadband satellite-based network by deploying an extra Gilat SkyEdge II system.

The network was started by HISPASAT in support of the Spanish government’s Avanza 100 percent broadband access program.

Gilat stated that its platform should help HISPASAT take broadband services to under-serviced areas across Spain by the end of this year.

Pedro Pinto Marin, director of broadband services at HISPASAT commented, “The ongoing success of this project is made possible thanks to the strong partnership Gilat and HISPASAT have developed collaborating on this national initiative. The flexibility embedded in Gilat's SkyEdge II system allowed us to offer our customers residing in under-serviced areas a true alternative for broadband access both in terms of performance and price.”

According to Gilat, the SkyEdge II platform is designed and optimized for broadband satellite communications, supporting data, VoIP and video applications and it is ideal for broadband IP networks with high-speed inbound requirements offering a high performance and cost-effective way to deliver communications services.

32APSK Adaptive Coding and Modulation transmission support present in the SkyEdge II system will help HISPASAT realize maximum space segment efficiency and with the platform’s capabilities combined with that of HISPASAT’s 1E satellite, speeds up to 100 Mbps per 36 MHz transponder can be realized.

Aharon Fuchs, Gilat’s regional vice president for Europe exclaimed, “We are delighted to have been awarded this opportunity to strengthen our relationship with HISPASAT. Their satellite engineering excellence coupled with Gilat’s innovative technology has proved that efficient and optimized VSAT solutions can be applied to the residential internet access market. We look forward to applying our combined expertise to other markets across the world, and to leveraging new Ka-band frequencies as they become available.”




Edited by Brooke Neuman



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