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Luxembourg / Israel, April 16, 2014 - SES Broadband Services and Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd. (NASDAQ: GILT) today announced the expansion of consumer Ka-band services to Germany and Italy over SES’s ASTRA 2E satellite.


SBBS’s ISPs have recently started offering the satellite broadband service on Gilat’s SkyEdge II-c platform, providing 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. The ASTRA 2E satellite, which entered into the commercial service in the orbital arc of 28.2 degrees East on February 1, 2014, enables the delivery of next generation broadcast and broadband services in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.


“We are continuously enhancing our service offerings by providing satellite internet services across Europe at speeds comparable to standard terrestrial and terrestrial wireless networks such as DSL, cable, and LTE technologies,” said Patrick Biewer, Managing Director of SBBS. “Gilat’s advanced VSAT technology, featuring high data rates and cost effective terminal technology, allows us to further optimize our service proposition for the end-consumer market and to increase the competitive advantage of our satellite-based Internet service Astra Connect.”


“Together with SBBS, we continue the expansion of broadband services across Europe with the ASTRA 2E satellite over Germany and Italy using Gilat’s SkyEdge II-c platform,” said Erez Antebi, Gilat’s CEO. “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.”

Google buys “atmospheric satellite” builder Titan Aerospace

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 @ 09:04 AM

Titan Aerospace has been snapped up by Google. Titan creates “atmospheric satellites,” solar-powered drones that can fly for five years without landing.

Google says the Titan team will be headed to Project Loon, Google’s balloon-based Internet project. Loon also uses solar-powered drones in the form of balloons instead of airplanes, so the two teams seem like a good match.

Before the acquisition, the Titan Aerospace’s drone Internet project expected to hit “initial commercial operations” in 2015. By using specialty communications equipment, the company claimed it could get Internet speeds of up to one gigabit per second.

Jabiru-1, Australia’s first commercial Ka-band satellite

Thursday, February 27, 2014 @ 12:02 PM

NewSat presents Jabiru-1, Australia’s first commercial Ka-band satellite, will deliver over 7.6 GHz of “new” capacity, providing high-powered Ka-band coverage to meet the growing demands from government and enterprise sectors across the Middle East, Asia and Africa.


“Raw” capacity, not managed services
Jabiru-1 will provide enterprise and government customers with “raw” capacity, not managed services (megahertz, not megabits). The open architecture enables Jabiru-1 customers to have complete control over their own network implementation, rather than having to constrain their communication requirements to fit within the limits of a pre-defined managed service solution.

Regional beams with “new” capacity
Jabiru-1’s three regional beams will provide coverage over South West Asia, the Middle East and East Africa. The regional beams will essentially act like traditional C- and Ku-band capacity beams, but will provide much needed “new” capacity to meet the expanding demand for connectivity in these regions. These beams will enable existing satellite services to grow and assist with the communication requirements of new markets and developments.

Steerable beams to accommodate evolving customer requirements
Jabiru-1’s two steerable Ka-band beams can be independently located anywhere within Jabiru’1’s footprint. This built-in flexibility means Jabiru-1’s steerable beams can be positioned to focus on a particular region or moved to support evolving customer requirements, providing fresh capacity into high demand regions and connectivity to where it is needed most.

Spot beams for highly focused coverage
Jabiru-1’s 24 multi-spot beams connect via three secure gateways in South Australia, Western Australia and the Mediterranean. Jabiru-1’s spot beams will provide high volume, highly focused coverage, ideal for high-throughput applications, trunking and other carrier-grade services.