Intelsat, Gilat expand aviation comms deal to Asia

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Gilat Satellite Networks announced Monday (24 January) that the company is expanding its strategic partnership in commercial aviation with Intelsat to enable the expansion of commercial and business aviation services in Asia.

Gilat’s SkyEdge II-c system.

Intelsat will be using Gilat’s SkyEdge II-c system, which, in addition to providing in-flight connectivity, is designed to deliver fixed and mobility services for maritime and land-mobility. Its network management system, TotalNMS, enables full configuration, control and monitoring of all system elements and remote terminals. SkyEdge II-c is a proven operational system that allows aviation service providers like Intelsat to streamline service fulfilment and provide a superior user experience to airline passengers, the companies said.

“Thanks to our close relationship with Gilat, as well as the technological advantages and benefits that they provide, we’ll be ready for the post-COVID mainstream adoption of IFC among travelers throughout parts of Asia,” said Intelsat Senior Vice President of Commercial Aviation Dave Bijur. “We look forward to continued collaboration to further grow the network in 2022, which will result in significant revenue growth in the IFC segment.”

“We value our strong, continuing partnership with Intelsat, and are looking forward to seeing the expanded service coverage in Asia, supporting Intelsat’s efforts to deliver in-flight connectivity internationally,” said Amir Yafe, vice president of Mobility & Global Accounts at Gilat. “This network expansion is a testament to the strength of Gilat technology for IFC. The expanded network will address the increased demand for internet connectivity in the commercial and business aviation market on a global scale and, with the current recovery of global aviation, the timing couldn’t be better.”

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