Skyband selects LeoSat to revolutionise data connectivity

12 March 2019 | Jason McGee-Abe

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SKYBAND has picked LeoSat Enterprises to upgrade its existing satellite solutions and gain access to a unique low-latency network, which the company says will “revolutionise data connectivity”.

The communications provider of satellite and networking solutions in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which is a member of the Inteltec Group, has selected LeoSat’s system to achieve lower latency and stronger end-to-end security compared to traditional satellite and terrestrial solutions used today. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved LeoSat's new low earth orbit satellite constellation back in November.

Washington-based LeoSat is launching a constellation of 108 low-earth-orbit (LEO) communications satellites that will provide the fastest, most secure and widest coverage data network in the world. LeoSat is creating an optical backbone in space which is about 1.5 times faster than terrestrial fibre backbones and without the need for any terrestrial touchpoints. SKYBAND picked the company to help it to open-up new markets and deliver business growth.

“At SKYBAND we rely on the latest satellite and VSAT communication technologies for data, voice and video transmission,” said Osman Oueida, CEO of SKYBAND.

“Our network provides high-speed, reliable, robust, cost-effective, scalable, and secured communication across the Kingdom which can be used by all industry segments. We very much look forward to adding LeoSat’s unique new system architecture to our portfolio.”

The advanced system’s architecture utilises optical inter-satellite laser links which interconnect the high throughput satellites (HTS), creating fibre-like symmetry at gigabits speeds while providing total security as the data is encrypted and secured from end-to-end across the network, with no terrestrial touch points.

Ronald van der Breggen, chief commercial officer of LeoSat, added: “Global enterprises today require instant infrastructure from anywhere to everywhere which is fast, secure and reliable. So LeoSat is taking data networking into space, setting a new bar for high speed data connectivity. With capabilities beyond satellite and fibre, including transmission speeds of over 10Gbps and latency of 20ms, LeoSat’s infrastructure is what data communications has been waiting for – a game-changing service which realises the synergies of both worlds to re-define connectivity in terms of capacity, latency, security, efficiency and coverage.

LeoSat is backed by leading satellite operators SKY Perfect JSAT and Hispasat, and the system is being developed in conjunction with Thales Alenia Space. LeoSat has already secured over $1.5 billion in pre-launch customer agreements and it was recently granted a licence by the FCC to operate its network in the US.

Launch of the constellation is expected in 2020.