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February 6th, 2019

Gilat's LEO Modem Test is Successful over Telesat's LEO Satellite

Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd. (NASDAQ, TASE: GILT) has successfully test — with a tier-1 maritime service provider — maritime communication over Telesat’s LEIt Phase 1 LEO satellite — this milestone exemplified exceptionally low latency and high bit-rate, essential for multiple maritime applications.

The performance with latency as low as 16 msec was achieved in the tier-1 maritime service provider’s teleport in Northern Europe. The test was performed with Gilat’s LEO modem and a one-meter, small, maritime Ka-band antenna, demonstrating direct real-time communication. Outstanding performance was achieved in testing video conferencing, over-the-top (OTT) video such as YouTube and massive data communication on a symmetric link.

Executive Comments

Michel Forest, Director of Engineering, Telesat, said the company is pleased to be collaborating with innovative companies such as Gilat that recognize the potential of Telesat’s LEO system to transform the maritime broadband communication experience, delivering very high bit-rate services for large leisure vessels and supporting applications with critical latency requirements. This demonstration confirms that Telesat’s state-of-the-art LEO architecture delivers on tier-1 maritime service provider’s requirements and opens the door for latency sensitive and high bit rate applications.

Amir Yafe, Head of Global Accounts at Gilat, reported that the company is proud to demonstrate outstanding results for next generation maritime communication over Telesat’s phase 1 LEO satellite. This maritime test further strengthens Gilat’s strategic partnership with Telesat and follows the recent collaboration on the industry’s first inflight communication over LEO satellite.