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Tue, 13 September 2016

GiSAT to Expand Broadband Services in Africa

Boeing is to build a 702 satellite called GiSAT, which will have a new digital payload offering twice the capacity of previous digital payload designs.

The customer, Cayman Islands-based Global IP, will use the satellite to deliver streaming media, digital broadcast and other communications services to Sub-Saharan Africa.

GiSAT will have a coverage area encompassing 35 countries and 750 million people.

Our vision for GiSAT is to provide end users with connectivity and services that are affordable, rich in local content and truly broadband in nature, said Bahram Pourmand, CEO, Global IP. With the ability to reconfigure the GiSAT on-board processor, the Boeing digital payload will allow us to broadcast different channels to different beams from different locations, providing better service to broadcasters, mobile operators and ISPs.

Scheduled to enter service in 2019, GiSAT is designed to operate with more than 10 gateways in Europe and multiple gateways within Africa.

Privately owned Global IP was founded by three satellite industry veterans with 75 years of combined experience providing satellite products and services in emerging markets.

The company CEO, Bahram Pourmand, was until recently Executive Vice President and General Manager, International Division of Hughes Network Systems LLC.

The other two founders, Emil Youssefzadeh and Umar Javed were founders and executives of STM, one of the VSAT industry pioneers with a 15 year track record in Africa before sale of STM in 2013 in a private equity transaction.

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