Gilat Launched SDN-based Architecture for Communication Satellite Operators

28 October, 2015

The revolutionary Gilat's X-Architecture is a distributed VSAT ground segment architecture based on Software Defined Networking (SDN)

The revolutionary Gilat’s X-Architecture is a distributed VSAT ground segment architecture based on Software Defined Networking (SDN)


Gilat Satellite Networks from Petah Tikva, Israel, announced today the launch of X-Architecture for SkyEdge II-c. It describes it as a revolutionary distributed Architecture to address the growing demands of HighThroughput Satellites (HTS) .

The The X-Architecture is based on Software-Defined Networking concept, to allow satellite operators and service providers to support mobility, enterprise, cellular and consumer broadband applications and business models from a single platform. It is a cloud-based architecture that allows networks of any size, using traditional wide-beam and high-throughput satellites, to deliver managed services in hosted or virtual network business models.

X-Architecture was built to support dynamic on-demand services. Cloud bandwidth management capabilities enable both mobility and Virtual Network Operators (VNOs) services over spot-beam satellites. Flexibility is enabled by the distributed architecture, which separates data center functions from baseband elements.


The network is controlled by Gilat’s TotalNMSa, a global, unified and centralized network management system. With X-Architecture, satellite service providers can easily expand their offerings to reach a broad range of up-and-coming markets for high-bandwidth satellite communications, including broadband access, 4G/LTE cellular rapid deployments, as well as mobility applications for in-flight connectivity (IFC), maritime and trains.

“We believe that X-Architecture is the only platform on the market capable of realizing the full potential of HTS,” stated Dov Baharav, Gilat’s Chairman and Interim CEO. “X-Architecture has already enjoyed early success in major deals with leading satellite operators in Europe, China and Latin America.

X-Architecture for SkyEdge II-c will be unveiled at Gilat’s booth (J2) at the China Satellite Conference in Beijing, October 28-30, 2015, and will also be showcased at AfricaCom in Cape Town, November 17-19, 2015.

Gilat Satellite Networks provides of products and services for satellite-based broadband communications: satellite ground segment equipment and VSATs, as well as mobile SOTM (Satellite-on-the-Move) solutions such as low-profile antennas, solid-state power amplifiers and modems.

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