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SES, Gilat to launch hybrid broadband solution in Asia

MUMBAI: SES and Gilat Satellite Networks are partnering to launch the SES Enterprise+ Hybrid Broadband in Asia.

The hybrid broadband innovative solution comprising SES-9’s capacity and Gilat’s SkyEdge II-c Libra hybrid terminal will enable customers to deliver cost effective broadband internet connectivity to underserved areas and improve download speeds.

Customers will be able to integrate SES’s satellite network for download traffic with their existing terrestrial network for upload traffic. The service is provided through Gilat’s hybrid terminal, which uses the existing network for the return channel and allows the download via SES’s satellite.

The solution will offer download speeds of up to 20 Mbps and is ideal for mobile network operators who want to offload their congested traffic networks and offer higher data rates, as well as for DTH providers who want to venture into the triple play of Internet, television and telephony.

“We believe the satellite-cellular-terrestrial hybrid approach represents a huge opportunity in Asia. DTH providers will be able to use their existing satellite infrastructure and distribution channels to offer triple-play services to improve customer loyalty and reduce churn. In addition, MNOs can offer the hybrid broadband service leveraging their cellular networks and boost them with more capacity, thus significantly improving broadband penetration to underserved areas,” said SES chief commercial officer Ferdinand Kayser.

“We are excited to be partnering with SES again on our novel satellite-cellular hybrid initiative,” added Ron Levin, Director of Strategic Accounts at Gilat. “The endorsement of one of the world’s largest satellite operators is testament to our innovative technology.”

Gilat and SES will be launching the hybrid initiative in Asia at CommunicAsia 2016.