[SatNews] Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd. (NASDAQ, TASE: GILT) has revealed their latest innovation—the SkyEdge II-c Libra satellite-cellular hybrid terminal.
Libra was designed to enable MNOs (Mobile Network Operators) to extend their broadband reach beyond the limits of their existing mobile or DSL (Digital Subscriber Line) infrastructures. It also allows for DTH (Direct-To-Home) service providers to enrich their offerings by adding broadband services. Gilat's Libra makes satellite routers possible where they were not possible before. "By combining the latest satellite and cellular technologies, Libra allows MNOs to extend their reach, by offering reliable broadband Internet services to the home in currently underserved areas," said Erez Antebi, Gilat's CEO.
Libra satellite-cellular hybrid terminal enables MNOs and DTH service providers to grow their business by making the most of their existing infrastructures. The MNOs can enjoy increased ARPU and reduced churn without network congestion. The DTH service providers can easily enhance their portfolios with direct Internet-to-home service by establishing a return path via a cellular network. Taking advantage of the asymmetrical nature of residential broadband traffic, Libra transmits the heavier download traffic via satellite, providing vastly improved download speeds of up to 20Mbps. As the upload path—from the end user to the Internet—requires far less bandwidth, Libra sends the lighter upload data via the MNO’s existing cellular network.
In addition to a satellite-cellular router, the Libra hybrid terminal includes a standard receive-only antenna and LNB (Low-Noise Block converter) and comes with a self-install option, reducing deployment-related expenses.
The Gilat Satellite Networks infosite is located at http://www.gilat.com/SkyEdge-II for additional information.