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Gilat to Provide the Ground Network for China Satcom’s ChinaSat‐18

November 1, 2018 - Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd. announced that Gilat’s ground network will be provided for China Satcom’s ChinaSat-18 (CS-18). The nationwide Ka-band coverage now to be provided by CS-18 and ChinaSat-16 (CS-16) will be uniquely supported by Gilat’s single platform supporting multiple applications all over China. China Satcom’s CS-18 Ka-band will be launched in mid-2019, thus completing the company’s Ka HTS coverage over all of China, which is critical for broadband applications requiring continuous service. Gilat’s multi-application platform, SkyEdge II-c, has been deployed in China over CS-16 to provide IFC, rural broadband, cellular backhaul and maritime applications. With the launch of CS-18, Gilat will deliver Ka-band high throughput and highly efficient connectivity across the rest of China.

Garuda Indonesia Selects High‐speed Inmarsat GX Aviation Inflight Broadband

November 1, 2018 - Indonesian national airline Garuda is to provide Inmarsat’s award-winning GX Aviation inflight broadband service to passengers through an agreement with Mahata Aero Teknologi (MAT), an Indonesian wireless technology provider. Garuda Indonesia will equip its domestic and international aircraft fleets with GX Aviation, working in partnership with Inmarsat, Lufthansa Technik, Lufthansa Systems and MAT, to allow passengers to seamlessly browse the internet, stream videos, check social media and more during flights. The MoU with Garuda Indonesia, a Skytrax 5-Star Airline, marks an extension of MAT, Inmarsat, Lufthansa Technik and Lufthansa Systems’ existing 10-year contract with lowcost carrier Citilink, also part of the Garuda Indonesia Group, to provide world-class inflight broadband powered by GX Aviation. The service is scheduled to launch next year.

India's Leading State‐owned Oil Companies Select Hughes India to Enable Retail Automation

November 1, 2018 - Hughes Communications India announced that India's leading state-owned oil companies have selected its JUPITER satellite broadband system to automate retail networking nationwide. Under separate contracts, Indian Oil Corporation (IOCL), Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd. (BPCL) and Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd. (HPCL) will each use the JUPITER system to upgrade network connectivity across 19,000 locations collectively to increase speed of transactions, eliminate manual interference and deliver accurate, real-time data across the retail operations. In addition to the JUPITER system, BPCL has also selected the HughesON Managed SD-WAN solution to provide application level diversity with VSAT and 4G connectivity paths providing a stable, scalable, always-on network. The update is also expected to ease data collection from various loyalty schemes, discount schemes and credit card transactions.

SKY Perfect JSAT Awards Gilat Project for Mobility and Fixed Broadband Services in Japan

November 5, 2018 - Gilat Satellite Networks announced that SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation (JSAT) awarded Gilat a multi-million US dollar project for its new mobility and fixed broadband service in Japan. The new set of services enabled by Gilat will support JSAT’s growth plans. Incorporating multiple applications over a single network, the project is based on Gilat’s SkyEdge II-c, which provides a single platform for a variety of fixed and mobility services and will provide new levels of speeds and performance. The solution also incorporates redundant primary and secondary sites to deliver the high availability and reliability necessary for critical needs. Multiple use cases are supported including services for government, utilities, banks and hospitals, as well as broadband connectivity for several mobility applications such as emergency response vehicles and on-the-move news and media cars.

Hughes to Support U.S. Coast Guard Airborne Communications

November 5, 2018 - Hughes Network Systems was selected by the U.S. Naval Air Systems (NAVAIR) to provide SATCOM systems integration for the U.S. Coast Guard. Under the agreement, Hughes, supporting through its partner, ADS, Inc., will integrate communications systems in support of the Coast Guard's Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR), humanitarian aid and disaster relief (HADR) missions requiring airborne Communications-on-the-Move (COTM). Hughes will provide SATCOM integration for the missionized C-27J aircraft which will connect mobile units across a wide geographic area including over the United States, Canada, Mexico, and the Pacific Ocean. The broad operational regions require proven Beyond-Line-of-Sight (BLoS) system integration expertise to coordinate hardware functions on the C-27J aircraft including antennae, modem, engineering services and technical training. For this contract, Hughes will deliver cost-effective mobility solutions that will provide multi-mission support including drug interdictions, border control enforcement and search and rescue efforts (SAR) for the agency.

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