Global IP selects SkyVision to supply 39 countries and more than 800 million people with 11 gateway stations

FIU LEO Satellite Cubesat Iridium2007 AGI STK simulation of communications from Cubesat to Iridium LEO network. (Image source: Crod330/Commons)The contract is valued at tens of millions of US dollars to build and maintain the ground infrastructure of 11 Ka-band gateway stations in different European teleports for Global IP’s GiSat-1 satellite network

SkyVision Global Networks Ltd., a telecom engineering, satellite communication service provider and managed service supplier, has been awarded a contract by Global IP to supply, build and maintain the ground infrastructure of 11 Ka-band gateway stations in different European teleports for Global IP’s GiSat-1 satellite network.

Construction of the turn-key gateway stations will begin in 2017 and will supply 11, 9.4-meter Ka-band antenna systems including two TT&C Earth stations, and M&C systems to manage the entire network, with 24/7 maintenance and support.

The GiSat-1 Ka-Band Satellite will provide dramatic changes for the African market. Scheduled to be launched in 2018 with a coverage area encompassing 39 countries and over 800 million people, the satellite will deliver higher data rates at lower costs than previous satellites serving Africa. The 11 gateway stations with combined 150Gbps tier-1 connectivity, will form the foundation for reliable and high-quality services.

Ori Watermann, SkyVision CEO, said that their SkyVison team designed the right solution for the GiSat-1 network. Winning this contract validates their engineering, installation and maintenance capabilities. He is proud of their team’s construction and management solutions that, when coupled with deep technical experience, enable SkyVision to offer superior ground satellite services around the world. 

Umar Javed, COO of Global IP commented that awarding this contract to SkyVision is a testament to their team, capabilities, and their strong in-field engineering, design, project management and delivery adding that this agreement is one additional step in realizing their vision to revolutionize the way the Internet is accessed and used across sub-Saharan Africa using their CloudCORE™. Global IP will bring reliable and high-speed satellite connectivity to end-users in Africa engaging them with more and richer Internet experiences. They look forward to moving forward in their relationship with SkyVision. 

Eyal Maimon, SkyVision VP Broadcast and Engineering Solutions stated that SkyVision’s Installation and Maintenance Group has developed a strong franchise over the past decade in the construction and delivery of telecommunication networks including LTE, Fiber, Wireless and Satellite ground infrastructure. Their ability to provide complete turn-key solutions sets them apart and is their strategic competitive advantage.

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket will launch GiSAT-1 from Cape Canaveral into its trajectory for geostationary orbit off the west coast of Africa. GiSAT-1 will have a mission life of 15 years. GiSat-1, a 150Gbps High Throughput Satellite (HTS), is constructed by Boeing.

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