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April 21, 2014

SBBS, Gilat Announce Expansion of Consumer Ka-Band Services to Germany and Italy

By Jayashree Adkoli, TMCnet Contributor

SES Broadband Services (SBBS), a provider of high-speed broadband solutions via satellites, along with Gilat Satellite Networks (News - Alert) Ltd., a provider of products and services for satellite-based broadband communications, has announced the expansion of consumer Ka-band services to Germany and Italy over SES’s (News - Alert) ASTRA 2E satellite. 

Generally, the Ka-band ranges from 28.0GHz through 31.0 GHz and some of the key consumer Ka-band services include high- speed data services, two-way broadband, high-definition TV (HDTV), and more.

Gilat has been developing and marketing satellite ground segment equipments and very small aperture terminal (VSATs), with increased focus on the consumer and Ka-band market. The company along with SBBS has been augmenting broadband services across Europe with the aid of ASTRA 2E satellite over Germany and Italy using its SkyEdge II-c platform.

ASTRA 2E is one of SES’s fleet satellites. It entered into the commercial service in the orbital arc of 28.2 degrees East on February 1, 2014. Featuring 60 Ku-band transponders and 4 Ka-band transponders, it can deliver next generation broadcast, VSAT and broadband services in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

The Gilat SkyEdge II-c platform supports large scale broadband services for both consumer and enterprise applications, including fast web browsing, high-speed trunking, video streaming, IPTV (News - Alert) (Internet protocol TV), VoIP (voice over Internet protocol) and other bandwidth-intensive services.

Gilat announced launch of SkyEdge II-c in early 2013 to simplify network operation for operators.  One of the platform’s attractive features is its scalable architecture that facilitates operators to start small and expand later as demand grows, while delivering the business flexibility they require to provide customized and competitive Internet broadband services.

Both the companies’ partnership has enabled many SBBS’s Internet service providers (ISPs) to start offering up to 20 Mbit/s and Voice-over-IP services to private households and small businesses across Germany and Italy over SES’s ASTRA 2E satellite, with the aid of Gilat’s SkyEdge II-c.

Erez Antebi, CEO for Gilat, said in a statement, "Gilat's innovative technology helped to set a new price performance level in the consumer and Small Office/ Home Office (SoHo) market. We look forward to continuing to work with SBBS in further expansions in Europe, Middle East and Africa."

Edited by Maurice Nagle

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