Gilat to provide disaster management platform to Japan

Japan’s Local Authorities Satellite Communications Organization (LASCOM), which manages the nation’s satellite communications during disasters, has selected Gilat to provide a disaster response platform for the whole of Japan.

Gilat’s role in this multi-million dollar project will be to work with Japanese satellite operator JSAT to integrate its SkyEdge II-c platform into LASCOM’s network of 3,000 ground stations. For the project, redundant hubs will be deployed in two different locations and thousands of VSATs will be deployed throughout all of Japan’s 47 prefectures.

“We are grateful for the trust that LASCOM has placed in Gilat for their next generation disaster-recovery platform, and in partnership with JSAT we will ensure that the Japanese people will have the essential communication services up in case of any disaster,” said Abhay Kumar, Regional Vice President Asia and North America for Gilat. “As Japan is prone to earthquakes, tsunamis and other natural disasters, the selection of Gilat for such a critical network is a great tribute and proof of the resilience of Gilat’s network to deliver reliable high throughput services in cases of emergency.”

This follows on from a contract signed between Gilat and JSAT, announced last month, also for Gilat’s SkyEdge II-c. The previous contract entails Gilat providing a single platform for JSAT’s fixed and mobility services, and also incorporates private-sector provisions along with government services.

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