Azercosmos, Gilat sign agreement on Azerspace-1

By: Nigar Orujova

Azerbaijan’s Space Agency Azercosmos, the first satellite operator in the Caucasus, and Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd., a worldwide leader in satellite networking technology, solutions and services, have signed an agreement to use the SkyEdge II-c network for offering multi-application satellite managed services for Azercosmos customers.

“Our Azerspace-1 satellite services cover a large area from Europe to Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia and the Caucasus,” CEO of Azercosmos Rashad Nabiyev said.

“We appreciate the multi-application nature of Gilat’s SkyEdge II-c platform, which enables us to target a diverse set of markets including broadband, mobility and cellular backhauling,” he added.

Gilat’s CEO Erez Antebi said: “We are pleased to be selected by a leading satellite operator in Azerbaijan and the Central Asia region. We are proud to be working together with Azercosmos to offer advanced communication services to the Consumer, Enterprise and Government sectors.”

Azercosmos is the first satellite operator in the Caucasus. Azerspace-1, the telecommunication satellite operated by Azercosmos, provides highly-reliable broadband and broadcast solutions to its customers in Europe, Africa, Middle East, the Caucasus, and Central Asia.

The satellite which will operate in the orbit for at least 15 years was launched in February 2013. It is equipped with 36 transponders: 24 in C-band and 12 in Ku-band at 46° East longitude.

Strategic development plans of the company include launching of the second telecommunications satellite and establishment of commercial business of Earth observation services in upcoming years.

Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd. is a leading provider of products and services for satellite-based broadband communications that develops and covers a wide range of high-performance satellite ground segment equipment and VSATs, with an increasing focus on the consumer and Ka-band market.

Moreover, Gilat enables mobile SOTM (Satellite-on-the-Move) solutions to provide low-profile antennas, next generation solid-state power amplifiers and modems. The company also provides a managed network and satellite-based services for rural telephony and Internet access via its subsidiaries in Peru and Colombia.

With over 25 years of experience, and over a million products shipped to more than 85 countries, Gilat has provided enterprises, service providers and operators with efficient and reliable satellite-based connectivity solutions, including cellular backhaul, banking, retail, e-government and rural communication networks.

Gilat also enables leading defense, public security and news organizations to implement advanced, on-the-move tactical communications on board their land, air and sea fleets using Gilat’s high-performance SOTM solutions.