FMC GlobalSat announces agreement with LeoSat Communications Network
(7 May 2019 - FMC GlobalSat) FMC GlobalSat announced it has entered into an agreement with Washington, D.C.-based LeoSat, a leading innovator in low earth orbit (LEO) high-speed communications networks.
Through the arrangement, FMC GlobalSat’s 4G/LSAT customers will have access to LeoSat’s secure and highly-efficient satellite connectivity for maritime, energy, and in-transit use cases.
“The partnership with LeoSat will deliver faster and more reliable connectivity anyplace in the world,” said Emmanuel Cotrel, chief executive officer of FMC GlobalSat. “Our customers will be among the first users of these solutions, which will present enormous productivity and efficiency improvements over legacy satellite infrastructures.”
The LeoSat constellation is planned to comprise up to 108 High Throughput Satellite (HTS) communications satellites interconnected in a mesh network through laser links. The resulting optical backbone in space will be about 1.5 times faster than terrestrial fiber networks and without the need for any terrestrial touchpoints. In addition, satellites in LEO will have much less transmission delay compared to today’s geostationary HTS systems. When placed in service, the LeoSat network will provide the fastest, most secure, and widest international and intercontinental data coverage in the world.
“LeoSat’s system is completely driven by customer requirements. We are delighted to work with an innovative company such as FMC GlobalSat, which is serving customers with a unique converged 4G wireless and HTS solution,” said Michael Abad-Santos, senior vice president Americas at LeoSat. “FMC GlobalSat has identified a market requirement for seamless onshore and offshore network access, and we are looking forward to collaborating with them to deliver a solution that will ramp up performance, improve security, and increase customer efficiency.”
FMC GlobalSat’s 4G/LTSAT solution leverages 4G wireless network connectivity together with HTS connections accessed via the Kymeta software-steered flat-panel very small aperture terminal (VSAT) antenna. This converged service platform constantly monitors signal strength and network throughput, and automatically switches traffic to the path with the strongest signal without any intervention. This seamless connectivity facilitates real-time applications and monitoring regardless of location, and the service is particularly well-suited for offshore, maritime, in-transit, and remote geographic installation use cases.
About FMC GlobalSat
FMC GlobalSat is a global provider of best-in-class satellite and wireless solutions to geographically remote businesses that require reliable, secure, and cost-effective connectivity. Partnering with major wireless carriers and satellite communications providers, FMC GlobalSat delivers a converged connectivity solution that incorporates 4G wireless solutions across CDMA, GSM, and LTE networks in more than 190 countries, and high-throughput satellite (HTS) communications. The company’s network incorporates Tier 1 carriers, and satellite infrastructure that includes 53 satellites, eight teleports, 20,000 miles of fiber optic cable, and a 24/7 enterprise-grade global technical support organization.
About LeoSat Enterprises
LeoSat Enterprises was established to leverage the latest developments in satellite communications technologies to develop and launch a new low-earth-orbit satellite constellation which will provide the first commercially available, business grade, extremely high-speed and secure data service worldwide.
With up to 108 low-earth-orbit communications satellites in the constellation LeoSat is the first company to have all the High Throughput Satellites (HTS) in the constellation interconnected through laser links, creating an optical backbone in space which is about 1.5 times faster than terrestrial fiber backbones and without the need for any terrestrial touchpoints. This unique set of features enables LeoSat to provide instant infrastructure from anywhere to everywhere which is fast, secure and reliable.
Based in Washington DC, LeoSat is currently working with Thales Alenia Space for the low-earth-orbit constellation of Ka-band communications satellites. Once operational, the constellation will provide high-speed, low-latency and highly secure communications and bandwidth for business operations in the telecom backhaul, Energy, Maritime, Government and international business markets. Launch of the constellation is expected in 2020.