Global IP Cayman
Global IP Cayman is an innovative satellite communications company and incorporated in the Cayman Islands with operations in California, USA and Dubai UAE.
Privately owned Global IP was founded in 2016 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 VP and General Manager of the 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.
In anticipation of procurement of its first satellite, engineering and the technical activities as well as the launch of GiSAT-1, Global IP established its US subsidiary in August 2016.
Global-IP is entering a crowded market that has more high-throughput capacity on the way. In addition to the many operators that already have capacity over Africa, Avanti’s Hylas-4, Yahsat’s Al Yah 3, Spacecom’s AMOS-17 and Fibersat’s hosted payload Fibersat-1 are all expected to bring more Ka-Band capacity to the continent before GiSAT-1 is in orbit.
The first satellite, GiSAT-1, is designed to provide broadband services in Sub-Sahara Africa covering over 750 million people in 35 countries with over 150 Gbps of capacity. GiSAT-1 is already under construction at Boeing Commercial Satellite Services (BCSS) and will carry the latest advanced digital payload technology on a Ka-band High-Throughput-Satellite (HTS) entirely dedicated to Africa. GiSAT network will have multiple gateways located in Europe for connectivity to Internet via tier-1 fiber backbones. Also the advanced digital payload capabilities will allow the deployment of multiple in-country gateways and terminals for customers who wish to have local connectivity.
With the ability to reconfigure the GiSAT on-board processor, the Boeing’s 702 digital payload will allow Global IP to broadcast different channels to different beams from different locations, providing better service to broadcasters, mobile operators and ISP’s.
Global IP Cayman made an agreement with Greek Satellite operator Hellas-Sat to operate the new GiSAT-1 satellite. The agreement has duration of 15 years, regardless of the life expectancy of the satellite. GiSAT-1 satellite will be controlled from Greek and Cypriot control centers and Teleports by Hellas-Sat engineers.
In April 2017 Global-IP Cayman announced that it had picked SpaceX to launch the GiSAT-1 high-throughput satellite. The launch will take place in Q4 of 2018 on a Falcon 9 rocket. GiSAT-1 is scheduled to enter service in 2019 and has a mission life of 15 years.
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