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Gilat and Telesat Demo 5G Connectivity over LEO Satellite

Gilat Announces First Ever Successful Demonstration of 5G Connectivity over a LEO Satellite, Powered by Gilat using Telesat’s Phase 1 LEO

Test conducted by tier-1 European operator at the University of Surrey’s 5G Innovation Centre, demonstrating 5G backhauling over LEO with Gilat’s modem

Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd., a worldwide leader in satellite networking technology, solutions and services, announced today that a Gilat high throughput modem enabled the first ever demonstration of 5G services over a Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite. The successful test was conducted with the tier-1 European operator last month using Telesat’s Phase 1 LEO satellite connected to the University of Surrey’s 5G test bed network.

The demonstration included video chatting, web browsing and simultaneous streaming of up to 8K video. The project team also transferred 4K video to the edge of the 5G network, which is a key 5G future use case. Live testing of these content rich data streams was achieved using 5G cellular technology that offers many benefits but which requires an advanced backhaul solution that can quickly and cost effectively extend these benefits to subscribers beyond major cities. The testing confirmed that this required 5G backhaul solution can be provided by Gilat modem technology working with Telesat’s Phase 1 LEO satellite.

Source: Gilat Satellite Networks media announcement

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