SkyEdge II-c Libra allows MNOs to leverage their existing infrastructure to provide reliable fixed broadband without congesting their network
Petah Tikva, Israel, November 12, 2014 — Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd. (NASDAQ, TASE: GILT), a worldwide leader in satellite networking technology, solutions and services, announced today its latest innovation – the SkyEdge II-c Libra satellite-cellular hybrid terminal. Libra was designed to enable MNOs (Mobile Network Operators) to extend their broadband reach beyond the limits of their existing mobile or DSL (Digital Subscriber Line) infrastructures. It also allows for DTH (Direct-To-Home) service providers to enrich their offerings by adding broadband services.
Gilat’s Libra is a game changer, making satellite routers possible where they were not possible before. “By combining the latest satellite and cellular technologies, Libra allows MNOs to extend their reach, by offering reliable broadband Internet services to the home in currently underserved areas,” explained Erez Antebi, Gilat’s CEO.
Libra satellite-cellular hybrid terminal enables both MNOs and DTH service providers to grow their business by making the most of their existing infrastructures. The MNOs can enjoy increased ARPU and reduced churn without network congestion. The DTH service providers can easily enhance their portfolios with direct Internet-to-home service by establishing a return path via a cellular network.
Taking advantage of the asymmetrical nature of residential broadband traffic, Libra transmits the heavier download traffic via satellite, providing vastly improved download speeds of up to 20Mbps. Because the upload path – from the end user to the Internet – requires far less bandwidth, Libra sends the lighter upload data via the MNO’s existing cellular network.
In addition to a satellite-cellular router, the Libra hybrid terminal includes a standard receive-only antenna and LNB (Low-Noise Block converter) and comes with a self-install option, reducing deployment-related expenses.
Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd (NASDAQ, TASE: GILT) is a leading provider of products and services for satellite-based broadband communications. Gilat develops and markets a wide range of high-performance satellite ground segment equipment and VSATs, with an increasing focus on the consumer and Ka-band market. In addition, Gilat enables mobile SOTM (Satellite-on-the-Move) solutions providing low-profile antennas, next generation solid-state power amplifiers and modems. Gilat also provides managed network and satellite-based services for rural telephony and Internet access via its subsidiaries in Peru and Colombia.
With over 25 years of experience, and over a million products shipped to more than 85 countries, Gilat has provided enterprises, service providers and operators with efficient and reliable satellite-based connectivity solutions, including cellular backhaul, banking, retail, e-government and rural communication networks. Gilat also enables leading defense, public security and news organizations to implement advanced, on-the-move tactical communications on board their land, air and sea fleets using Gilat’s high-performance SOTM solutions. For more information, please visit us at gilat.com
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