Gazprom Space Systems (GSS) and Gilat Satellite Networks have signed a contract to provide broadband connectivity across Russia.
With an estimated value of around $18m, the agreement will see Gilat deliver its multiservice platform and user terminals to operate over the new Yamal 601 Ka satellite, which is expected to launch in 2019 and will provide broadband coverage for both the European and Asian regions of Russia.
This first phase of the project consists of gateways for utilising one-third of the satellite’s capacity and includes the delivery of tens of thousands of Gilat’s terminals with the advanced efficiency-driven DVB-S2X technology. The project will likely be expanded when additional capacity is required for further service.
Gilat’s highly efficient platform, supporting a broad portfolio of VSAT solutions, will enable GSS to provide high quality affordable broadband to various market segments. Gilat’s Scorpio VSATs will deliver consumer broadband to the most remote locations, while Gilat’s Capricorn VSATs will enable the rural regions to benefit from corporate connectivity and shared access.
Additionally, GSS and Gilat agreed to engage in further business cooperation including joint development to expand both regional and global coverage for fixed and mobile platforms. The Agreement calls for IFC coverage over Russia and abroad supported by multiple Ka and Ku satellites from GSS and other satellite operators, taking advantage of Gilat’s dual-band Ku/Ka antenna.