FMC GlobalSat has entered into an agreement with LeoSat for their 4G/LTSAT customers to gain access to LeoSat’s secure and efficient satellite connectivity for maritime, energy, and in-transit use cases.
The LeoSat constellation plans to comprise up to 108 HTS communications satellites interconnected in a mesh network through laser links. The resulting optical backbone in space will be about 1.5 times faster than terrestrial fiber networks and without the need for any terrestrial touchpoints. In addition, satellites in LEO will have much less transmission delay compared to today’s geostationary HTS systems. When placed in service, the LeoSat network will provide the fastest, most secure, and widest international and intercontinental data coverage in the world.
FMC GlobalSat’s 4G/LTSAT solution leverages 4G wireless network connectivity together with HTS connections accessed via the Kymeta software-steered flat-panel very small aperture terminal (VSAT) antenna. This converged service platform constantly monitors signal strength and network throughput, and automatically switches traffic to the path with the strongest signal without any intervention. This seamless connectivity facilitates real-time applications and monitoring regardless of location, and the service is particularly well-suited for offshore, maritime, in-transit, and remote geographic installation use cases.
Emmanuel Cotrel, CEO of FMC GlobalSat, said the partnership with LeoSat will deliver faster and more reliable connectivity anyplace in the world. The firm's customers will be among the first users of these solutions, which will present improved productivity and efficiency increases over legacy satellite infrastructures.
Michael Abad-Santos, SVP, Americas, at LeoSat, added that LeoSat’s system is completely driven by customer requirements and the company is delighted to work with an innovative company such as FMC GlobalSat, which is serving customers with a unique converged 4G wireless and HTS solution. FMC GlobalSat has identified a market requirement for seamless onshore and offshore network access, and LeoSat is looking forward to collaborating with them to deliver a solution that will ramp up performance, improve security, and increase customer efficiency.