Hispasat and hiSky signed a cooperation agreement to provide low-capacity voice, data Mobile Satellite Services (MSS) and Internet of Things (IoT) services in Spain, Portugal, Latin America, and North Africa using Hispasat's Ka-band satellites and a new satellite terminal developed by hiSky.
The operations will begin with a pilot phase in which both companies will test and evaluate hiSky's Smartellite terminal in combination with Hispasat's Ka-band satellites. After this first phase, Hispasat and hiSky will together provide low bit rate services in remote areas for various applications – including the maritime sector, connected cars, trains, the energy sector and the agricultural sector.
The lightweight Smartellite terminal will use a built-in antenna with electronic pointing to automatically locate Hispasat's Ka-band satellites. The integrated modem is designed for low and medium speeds and includes management tools for the user.
HiSky expects the new services to become available in 2018.