Will it have an effect on Gilat?
1. The stated O3b goal is: to meet the capacity and network demands of ISPs, telcos, enterprises and government customers. In other words, to provide very fast, low latency backbone pipes to internet and cellular networks. Sounds familiar? It should.
2. Who are the candidates: rural networks were bringing fiber is not economical (islands, deserts, jungle, etc.)
3. Gilat already has equipment certified to work with O3b
4. Problems: the satellites are not stationary on the horizon, hence multiple tracking send and receive antennas are mandatory to follow the satellites. Communication sessions have to be switched from one satellite to another at both ends of the communication link in the way that the continuity of the connection is minimally affected. Another problem relates to the sheer speed of the connection, which is never easy.
5. The problem the SES inherited is who will provide the best equipment for the O3B constellation. Without good equipment the investment is lost!
Will see what they will do. And they have to do something.