Asia’s largest satellite operator, SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation (SJC), has signed an agreement with US-based LeoSat Enterprises to invest in the latter, which seeks to provide the first commercially available, extremely high-speed and secure data service through the use of Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites.
LeoSat aspires to be the first company to have a constellation of 108 High Throughput Satellites (HTS) interconnected through laser links in LEO. This will provide high-speed data delivery to sectors such as government and the maritime industry, especially in remote areas where satellite communications are a necessity.
Key applications of LeoSat’s constellation include providing 4G and 5G backhaul for telecommunications, extremely secure networks for banking, critical back-up for emergencies, and enormous bandwidth for energy and maritime operations.
Mark Rigolle, CEO of LeoSat said: “We are thrilled that an established company such as SJC has chosen to partner with LeoSat. With the added-value of support from SJC, we definitely see LeoSat’s faster than fiber, ultra-secure and highly reliable global data solution as a game-changer”.
Koki Koyama, Senior Managing Executive Officer of SJC commented, “SJC sees the strategic importance of aggressively participating in the LEO/HTS business and we see the LeoSat solution as a key opportunity to opening up new markets and delivering business growth. With the current and future growth of data traffic and the unique nature of the LeoSat system, we believe there will be very strong demand for the LeoSat solution.”
The constellation, which is being manufactured in collaboration with Thales Alenia Space, is expected to be launched in 2019, and has already acquired its first customer, a globally-operating financial trading company.