Tuesday, 02 June 2015 16:22

Inmarsat, Gilat team up on broadband service delivery


Global satellite company Inmarsat has partnered with Gilat Satellite Networks to provide a new wholesale, fully-managed, high-speed satellite broadband service to fixed VSAT operators.

VSAT operators can now access the new service which is delivered over Inmarsat’s Global Xpress (GX) Ka-band network in partnership with Gilat.

Under the deal, Inmarsat and Gilat are offering a fully-managed service designed for Internet Service Providers (ISPs), telcos, network operators and other organisations that want to utilise the power of GX.

Inmarsat’s Rash Jhanjee, Head of GX Business Development and Strategy, Enterprise, said that by leasing bandwidth, VSAT operators can take advantage of a low cost-per-bit data rate, coupled with low-cost, high-throughput terminals from Gilat Satellite Networks.

“This is a unique opportunity for fixed VSAT operators to deliver reliable, high-speed data to their customers,” Jhanjee said.

“This new joint partnership, enabled by Gilat’s SkyEdge II-c platform over Inmarsat’s GX Ka-band network, will deliver broadband Virtual Network Operator (VNO)capabilities, where market opportunity exists, through a cost-effective managed service platform. We are excited to demonstrate the strength, reliability and enterprise-class service of our network to the fixed satellite services market.”

The service is delivered through Global Xpress. The first of Inmarsat’s three satellites underpinning the GX network is already live, providing service throughout Europe, Russia, Africa, Middle East and much of Asia. The second satellite was successfully launched in February this year, and the third satellite has arrived in Kazakhstan and is being readied for a forthcoming launch.

“We are delighted to partner with Inmarsat to bring this unique proposition to the fixed VSAT market,” said Ron Levin, Director of Strategic Accounts at Gilat.

“By combining our unique SkyEdge II-c system with the strength of Inmarsat’s Ka-band network we can deliver a truly differentiated service for network operators to provide their customers with a low-cost, reliable fixed satellite solution.”

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham - retired in 2020. He is a veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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