A two-way Internet access service has been launched as the result of Tricolor TV, a Russian Direct-to-Home (DTH) satellite TV provider and Eutelsat Networks satellite Internet operator. This two-way Internet access service has been launched with broadband consumer VSATs from Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd. (NASDAQ:GILT) (TASE:GILT) whose residential terminal kits are sold and serviced by NoLimit Electronics (NLE) a distributors of electronic and related products in Russia.
The two-way "satellite Internet" service was launched in September 2016, and provides consumer and professional subscribers Internet access with speeds of up to 40 Mbps downstream and 12 Mbps upstream. In order to connect to the service, it requires the installation of receiving equipment, Gilat’s Gemini broadband VSAT terminal, which can be self-installed and supports automatic service activation.
Later this year, NLE is planning to offer Gilat's Scorpio VSAT, an innovative VSAT-in-a-Box, all outdoor solution, which further simplifies self-install, maintenance and easy roof mounting.
Satellite capacity is provided by Eutelsat's Express AMU1/EUTELSAT 36C high throughput satellite, which delivers continuous coverage throughout Western Russia. The Eutelsat service is enabled by Gilat's scalable multi-application X-Architecture for SkyEdge II-c.
Alexey Karpov, Director of Sales and Subscriber Service at Tricolor TV said, "'Satellite Internet' services is a modern, technological product that provides subscribers with access to high speed Internet even in regions where the use of alternative access methods to the network are difficult. By working together with Eutelsat Networks, and with Gilat’s broadband consumer VSATs, we can offer Russian customers high-quality and affordable broadband access to the Internet."
Alexander Klimov, General Manager Russia at Gilat added, "We commend Tricolor TV on the commercial launch of their groundbreaking two-way broadband service for the consumer market. We are proud to be part of this endeavor and look forward to continued close cooperation with our partners at Eutelsat and NLE in the growing Russian communications market."