Publication date 9.11.2020
Record-breaking data rate speeds achieved via hiSky – Spacecom partnership with Spacecom’s AMOS-17 satellite and hiSky’s Smartellite™ Ka-band network
On-the-move field trials and tests carried out between Spacecom’s AMOS-17 satellite powerful KA-band steerable HTS beams and hiSky’s small form factor Smartellite™ terminals demonstrated a data rate of 125Kbps – a 400% improvement over other solutions.
Tel Aviv, October 9, 2020 – hiSky Ltd., a pioneer of affordable voice and data satellite communications and provider of satellite-connected IoT services, has partnered with Spacecom (Tel Aviv Stock Exchange: SCC), a satellite communication service provider and the operator of the AMOS satellites fleet, to launch services via the AMOS-17 satellite.
As an affordable network operator, hiSky has brought innovative technology to the field of voice and data satellite communications, connecting people and devices in the most remote locations, even on the move. The company’s Smartellite™ Ka and Ku band terminals provide global coverage of its services, both onshore and offshore, meeting a growing demand for low and medium data rates for IoT applications across a range of industries, including fisheries, fleet management, agriculture, oil & gas and more.
The AMOS-17 is an advanced digital tri-band satellite. Its digital payload capabilities offer extensive C-Band HTS coverage, regional Ku-Band and steerable Ka-band HTS beams that can be combined to maximize throughput and efficiency. Located optimally at 17 degrees East, it covers all of EMEA, with the Ka-band steerable beams able to provide services from Asia in the east to Brazil in the west. It’s unique tri-band digital payload offers secure and resilient Satcom solutions over major areas of interest.
hiSky and Spacecom entered into a partnership to explore the potential for streamlining hiSky’s system and increasing data rates of very small mobile terminals by enabling connectivity via the AMOS-17 powerful steerable beams. A series of successful field trials, which typically shown speeds of less than 30 Kbps, has been dramatically increased to 125 Kbps on the advanced AMOS-17 satellite. Thus, opened the door to additional IoT services being facilitated by hiSky, in a variety of new applications and at higher speeds.
“Combining the new high-throughput AMOS-17 satellite with the advanced capabilities and flexibility of our small form factor terminal has enabled us to reach record speeds in data connectivity for on-the-move operations,” says Shahar Kravitz, co-founder and CEO of hiSky. “For our consumers, this means that we can reduce the price of our services while offering higher-level capabilities, including video streaming and other demanding IoT applications. It also opens up the very real possibility of deploying national IoT communication systems and infrastructure at the state level, which would be a real game-changer for communities across Africa.”
According to Eran Shapiro, Director of Business and Technology Ventures at Spacecom, “The trial’s excellent results demonstrate how AMOS-17’s payload performance, advanced flexible digital platform and optimal location at 17°E open new opportunities for mobile users and mobile-based big data networks. hiSky’s terminals are changing the mobile communications landscape for IoT, narrowband and broadband solutions. When coupled with AMOS-17, we bring together new possibilities to commercial applications while opening new markets, and strengthen our unique offerings for governmental services.”
hiSky provides an innovative satellite communication network system that enables the provision of robust, low-cost satellite services to large numbers of users, all over the globe. Operating on GEO and LEO satellites, the company’s network comprises satellite terminals and hub base stations, a mobile application, IoT/M2M interface and application servers.
hiSky products are suited to both commercial IoT and Voice/Data, and the system architecture enables a flexible business model – providing either the full service or terminals and hub equipment, depending on customer requirements. All the technology integrated into hiSky products is developed in-house, enabling the company to adapt to specific customer requirements and respond quickly to market demands.
Spacecom (Space-Communication Ltd.), operator of the AMOS-3 and AMOS-7 satellites co-located at 4°W, AMOS-17 located at 17°E and AMOS-4 at 65°E, provides high-quality broadcast and communication services to Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia.
Spacecom’s AMOS-17, a fully-digital high throughput (HTS) satellite, supports a variety of broadcast, broadband and data services from its 17˚E orbital slot. The satellite provides HTS African coverage in C-band, global steerable coverage in Ka-band, and extensive Ku-band coverage over Africa, serving direct-to-home (DTH) operators, internet service providers (ISPs), telecom operators and mobile network operators (MNOs), network integrators and government agencies.
For more information about Spacecom visit: https://www.amos-spacecom.com/