Satellite networking technology company, Gilat Satellite Networks, has been given what it calls a “significant initial order” from Intelsat for its new SkyEdge IV platform. The platform will be used for the company’s latest high-throughput satellite, Intelsat IS-40e, designed to augment inflight connectivity and mobile backhaul services over North America.
SkyEdge IV is designed to operate with new, adaptable very high-throughput satellites (VHTS), ensuring unified operation with standard interfaces for network orchestration, and seamless integration between the space and ground segments. Gilat’s Elastix-TotalNMS will support Intelsat’s current and future satellites to orchestrate network management of a unified network.
“Through our collaborative work with Gilat’s SkyEdge IV platform on IS-40e, Intelsat will expand the capacity of our network serving North America,” said Carmel Ortiz, VP of systems innovation at Intelsat. “Its standards-based interfaces enable seamless integration with Intelsat’s unified space and ground network, thereby elevating the service levels for thousands of aircraft and leading mobile network operators across North America.”
Amir Yafe, VP of mobility at Gilat added that, “Gilat’s SkyEdge IV is a multi-orbit, multi-service platform built to lead the satcom industry’s next generation, known as the Elastix Era, supporting cloud infrastructure, an Elastix-Access Scheme, and working in harmony with software-defined satellites.”