Revolutionary terminal will enable aircraft passengers
to enjoy constant broadband connectivity with unprecedented performance
Petah Tikva, Israel, September 24, 2015 — Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd. (NASDAQ, TASE: GILT), a worldwide leader in satellite networking technology, solutions and services announced today that it has signed a long-term agreement to develop and supply high-performance dual Ku/Ka-band terminals for in-flight connectivity (IFC) on commercial aircraft.
Benefitting from Gilat’s longstanding expertise in high-performance and low-profile antenna design, the new Ku/Ka-band in-flight connectivity solution will enable IFC service providers to deliver global and continuous broadband coverage on commercial aircraft.
Gilat will develop and provide a dual Ku/Ka-band antenna with its proprietary power amplifiers (KRFU and KANDU). The antenna is also intended to meet the requirements for future line fit installations.
This unique competitive configuration offers a scalable, cost-effective global bandwidth solution to meet growing broadband requirements, to optimize bandwidth allocation and to ensure continuous coverage on more airline routes. Rollout is expected in 2017.
“The new terminal leverages our proven technological capabilities in both industry-leading Wavestream airborne transceivers and advanced UAV terminals,” said Moshe (Chico) Tamir, Corporate Vice President and President of Gilat’s Mobility Division. “We are excited to expand our offering and to put the best terminal for high-speed Internet access on board commercial flights.”
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 90 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. Gilat’s controlling shareholders are the FIMI Private Equity Funds. For more information, please visit us at www.gilat.com
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Gilat Satellite Networks
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Phil Carlson, Vice President