Gilat Satcom Adopts Novelsat NS3 to Increase Capacity on its Direct Satellite Route between Africa and The United States

18 November 2014 Gilat Satcom today announced that it is now using Novelsat NS3 to increase capacity from its newly launched POP in Maryland on the east coast of the USA.

The new POP was established to answer Africa’s growing demand for international broadband connectivity.

NovelSat NS3 is a high-end efficiency satellite transmission software package that runs on the NovelSat NS3000 satellite modems in the POP. NovelSat NS3 typically increases spectral efficiency by up to 30% compared with the DVB-S2 satellite industry standard. This enables the Africa-US satellite link to carry more data.

NovelSat NS300 Satellite Modem

Using NovelSat NS3, Gilat Satcom has also been able to achieve modulation levels of 64APSK compared to industry averages of 16APSK to 32APSK.

Ofer Doron, VP Engineering & Operations at Gilat Satcom, said, “We are constantly evaluating our satcom systems to find innovative ways to increase capacity and meet the market demand for lower pricing. Traffic on our networks is at its highest level ever and will only increase in the future. We are investing a lot of time and resources in our engineering efforts to ensure that we provide our customers with reliable high-quality broadband services with excellent QoS.”

Dan Peleg, NovelSat VP R&D added, “Gilat Satcom immediately saw how NovelSat NS3 could improve the service it provides to customers. Satellite bandwidth availability and costs continue to pose significant challenges for many providers. However, Gilat Satcom continues to innovate and adopt the latest technologies to increase bandwidth and drive down costs.”

Gilat Satcom’s satellite service is complemented by a growing number of fibre routes in coastal and landlocked Africa. Gilat Satcom is amongst the first companies in Africa to offer both non-stop East to West coast-to-coast and international connectivity. Its MPLS network connects to both the WACS, EASSy and SEACOM undersea cables via fibre local loops across Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Tanzania and Zambia and reaches the most remote areas of the continent.

Its customers include telcos, ISPs, Governments and businesses who require fast and reliable broadband connectivity at a highly competitive price.

About NovelSat

NovelSat is a technology company dedicated to providing the next-generation modulation standard for satellite communications. NovelSat supports DVB-S and DVB-S2 standards and also offers the superior spectral efficiency of its NovelSat NS3™ high-end efficiency satellite transmission software package which is available in all NovelSat satellite modulators, demodulators and modems. NovelSat technologies deliver the fastest data rates, the satellite industry’s most compelling ROI and the most scalable transmission solutions from 64Kbps to 850Mbps on a single modem.

NovelSat technology is built around NovelSat SMOS (Satellite Modem Operating System), a unified satellite communications platform that ensures optimal interoperability, throughput and scalability of capacity, software-upgradable high-end features and waveforms. Learn more at

About Gilat Satcom

Gilat Satcom is a communication solutions provider that offers satellite and fibre-based connectivity solutions in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. With successful deployments in 50 countries, Gilat Satcom consistently delivers high-quality, cost-effective and efficient communications solutions to telcos, ISPs, governments, enterprise customers and international organizations.

Gilat Satcom’s African headquarters is in Lagos and it has a number of joint ventures across Africa including Microlink in Zambia and Raga in the DRC.

The company operates three international teleports in Europe and the Middle East, fourteen hubs/PoPs in Africa and two PoPs in Europe. In addition, Gilat Satcom is a shareholder in WIOCC, owners of the East African Submarine System (EASSy), and in the West Africa Cable System (WACS), with undersea fibre-optic cable systems connecting eastern and western Africa to the rest of the world. The company provides space segments over numerous satellites including Intelsat, Telesat, Hellas Sat, ABS, SES-NewSkies and others.

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