On Monday, Gilat Satellite Networks announced that it had received significant multimillion-dollar orders for its platforms and terminals from Intelsat, expanding their deals to support in-flight connectivity (IFC) and cellular backhaul. These orders will enable Intelsat to serve additional aircraft and increase managed services for mobile network operators (MNOs), according to the companies.
The technology will be used to meet demand for IFC, cellular backhaul, and other applications in the Western Hemisphere, Africa, and Europe, increasing network capacity over IS-40e, IS-46, and E10B. Jean-Philippe Gillet, Intelsat’s Senior Vice President of Global Sales, Network and Media at Intelsat, said that Gilat’s platforms continue to prove themselves as a system that allows Intelsat to streamline IFC and cellular backhaul service fulfillment worldwide.
The specific platforms and terminals ordered were not disclosed by Gilat, but Intelsat has previously ordered the SkyEdge II-c and SkyEdge IV for IFC services from the company in the past year and a half.
Gilat Satellite Networks has been awarded follow-on orders from SES for their SkyEdge IV VSAT platform. These multimillion-dollar orders are in support of SES’s O3b mPOWER constellation and the recently launched satellite, SES-17. The new orders will expand SES and Gilat’s presence in various sectors, including maritime mobility, cellular backhaul, and fixed data. The SkyEdge IV platform will be deployed at additional gateways worldwide.
The SkyEdge IV VSAT platform is specifically designed to cater to the evolving satellite connectivity ecosystem. It is capable of operating across multiple orbits, including software-defined satellites, and supports various use cases such as fixed and mobile connections, 5G, and IoT.
Amir Yafe, Vice President of Mobility & Global Accounts at Gilat, expressed pride in providing SES with the advanced SkyEdge IV platform to support their multi-orbit business objectives. By working together as strategic partners, they aim to actively address the increasing demand for satellite communication services worldwide, serving both fixed and mobile applications.
The announcement of these orders was made by Gilat on September 6, and the financial terms were not disclosed.