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LeoSat promises 1.5x faster than fibre

March 14, 2018

By Chris Forrester

Washington-based would-be satellite operator LeoSat is in the process of building (in conjunction with Thales Alenia Space) and launching up to 108 Ka-band craft into a low-earth orbiting (LEO) constellation.

It used the 2018 Washington Satellite Show to announce it had signed a “milestone strategic agreement” with speciality antenna business Phasor to develop a broad range of mission-critical enterprise network markets with an ultra-high throughput, low latency network infrastructure solution.

LeoSat’s first satellites are scheduled for launch in 2019.

As part of the collaborative alliance, LeoSat says Phasor will develop a powerful Ka-band, Non-Geosynchronous (NGSO) –ready version of its breakthrough low-profile electronically steered antenna (ESA), scalable to virtually any use-case requirement. Phasor’s LEO-capable antenna technology will enable corporations, governments and other high-end users to access a network offering speeds about 1.5 times faster than terrestrial fibre in combination with high-throughput, ultra-security and very low latency.

“This landmark agreement between LeoSat and Phasor opens the door to a whole new level of high- powered communications networks capable of unleashing unprecedented connectivity for enterprise network markets around the world,” explained David Helfgott, Phasor CEO. “Phasor’s electronically-steered antenna technology is incredibly versatile and scalable – a perfect match for LeoSat’s constellation in meeting diverse demands for big data and high-speed connectivity.”

“LeoSat is focused on providing game-changing connectivity in the business, government and mobility markets, and Phasor will play a central role in enabling us to accomplish our goal,” said Mark Rigolle, LeoSat CEO. “This strategic agreement with Phasor represents an important step in the delivery of LeoSat’s unique business backbone in space, which gives our customers access to a resilient and future-proof network to deliver unprecedented connectivity and new services”.

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