Latin America and Africa could be among the beneficiaries of plans recently announced by Gilat and Intelsat to strengthen their strategic partnership.
Satellite networking technology, solutions and services company Gilat Satellite Networks has said that satellite-based communications company Intelsat is expanding its in-flight connectivity (IFC) and cellular backhaul capabilities with multi-million-dollar orders for Gilat's multi-service platforms and terminals.
Intelsat is the operator of one of the world’s largest integrated satellite and terrestrial networks and a leading provider of inflight connectivity. Gilat's platforms will be used to empower Intelsat with augmented capacity in North America, Latin America, Africa and Europe to serve additional aircraft and provide an enhanced user experience to passengers.
The extra capacity will also be used to enable Intelsat to support the expansion of managed services with mobile network operators, providing additional coverage for satellite-based cellular backhauling.
With Gilat’s help, Intelsat says it will be able to smoothly increase network capacity over multiple satellites, including IS-40e, IS-46, and E10B, to address the growing bandwidth demands for IFC, cellular backhaul and other applications in the Western Hemisphere, Africa and Europe.
Amir Yafe, VP of Mobility & Global Accounts at Gilat, says: "We value our close partnership with Intelsat and are pleased to take part in this endeavour to further expand their IFC and cellular backhaul network capabilities with Gilat’s multi-service platforms."