Gilat claims 5G satellite traffic success

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Satellite networking technology specialist Gilat Satellite Networks has successfully demonstrated carrying 5G traffic with what it says is “outstanding performance” over operator Thaicom’s GEO HTS satellite. With this successful demonstration, Gilat’s cellular backhaul solution is declared operational and ready for implementation in the 5G architecture.

According to Gilat, superior user experience was recorded using its Capricorn PLUS VSAT in the live demonstrations in September 2020 with two MNOs over Thaicom’s IPSTAR GEO satellite. Using a 5G handset, a large number of applications including: Browsing, Speedtest, YouTube 4K, VoLTE, ViLTE, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and even communication with a drone providing a live video stream, were tested with excellent results.

The tests were done with a number of 5G architecture options, including Standalone (SA) and Non-Standalone (NSA), using Gilat’s Capricorn PLUS with adaptation of its patented GTP acceleration, reaching speeds of 400 Mbps download and 100 Mbps upload and at times showing results better than the terrestrial connection.

“We are excited with the results of the close work with our partners in demonstrating the extraordinary capabilities of our flagship VSAT, Capricorn PLUS,” declared Alik Shimelmits, Chief Technology and Product Officer at Gilat. “We believe that these recorded results of 400/100 Mbps to/from the 5G handset are unique in the industry. This was successfully demonstrated using Gilat’s Capricorn PLUS over Thaicom’s GEO satellite and MNOs are invited to go ahead and deploy Gilat’s solution for their 5G services.”

“I am very pleased that Thaicom and Gilat have jointly achieved such a significant milestone, further proving the strategic long-term relationship between the companies,” added Abhay Kumar, Regional Vice President Asia Pacific and Japan for Gilat. “This strong partnership went a long way in allowing us to demonstrate these remarkable 5G capabilities and positions us well to deliver value to MNOs as they embark on their journey to deliver differentiated 5G services to the people around the world.”

“Thaicom has deployed Gilat’s multi-service platform across many MNOs over the years,” noted Nile Suwansiri, CCO Thaicom. “Gilat has been a very strong partner for Thaicom and we highly value this relationship,” “This demonstration of 5G capabilities in Thailand will enable us to deliver very strong services with our HTS IPSTAR satellite to address the MNOs satellite-based 5G requirements.”


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