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July 10th, 2018

Telesat and Gilat's Project Will Develop Broadband Communication Modem Technology for Low Earth Orbit Satellites

Two companies, one from Canada and the other from Israel, are collaborating on a project involving Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites. The joint Canada-Israel innovation project will combine Telesat’s and Gilat’s engineering capabilities to do live testing, using Gilat modem technology, over the Telesat Phase-1 LEO satellite launched earlier this year.

Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd. (NASDAQ, TASE: GILT), provider of satellite networking technology, solutions and services, is working on a collaborative project with Telesat for development of broadband communication technology using Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites. CIIRDF will fund the project to facilitate faster and more secure data transmission over satellite.

The adaptation of Gilat’s technology to support advanced LEO constellations, such as the system Telesat is developing, will highlight the benefits that a satellite broadband experience can deliver to billions of potential users worldwide who live beyond the reach of fiber networks.

Dave Wendling, Telesat’s Chief Technical Officer said that Telesat is pleased to join forces with Gilat in the development of modem technology that they will use to deliver high-speed broadband communications over the Telesat Phase-1 LEO satellite already in orbit. This project will allow them to demonstrate the high performance and low latency advantages of Telesat’s LEO constellation to their tier-1 aeronautical, maritime and enterprise customers.

Ron Levin VP Mobility and Global Accounts at Gilat added that Gilat shares Telesat’s vision that the inherent advantages of LEO constellations will transform satellite communications and they are delighted to take part in the joint project funded by CIIRDF. They are fully engaged in the development of customer terminals that will operate over LEO constellations and will provide an excellent user experience over satellite for a multitude of new applications including, for example, 5G mobile backhaul.

Dr. Henri Rothschild, President of CIIRDF concluded that this bilateral technology partnership directly supports the objectives of CIIRDF, anchored by a strong value proposition for the collaborating firms and their customers. The outcomes of this project will advance the technological capabilities of Low Earth Orbit satellites, and help Telesat and Gilat capture new opportunities in this global commercial market. Downstream, this powerful cooperation will translate into new jobs and revenues that further strengthen economies of Israel and Canada.