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Tring Company, Ultra Electronics GigaSat, wins Queens Award for Enterprise

by Nick Hollinghurst on November 26, 2012

Lord Lieutenant presents Queen's Award to Chris Lay, MD of GigaSat

At a presentation ceremony which took place on Friday 23 November, 2012, Hertfordshire’s Lord Lieutenant, the Countess of Verulam awarded a Queen’s Award for Enterprise to Giga Communications Limited  ( at their production facility and headquarters off the Icknield Way in Tring. The award was in the International Trade Category and recognised not only the high level of innovation and quality in the satellite antennae which they develop and produce, but their success in selling their products world-wide.

The award was accepted on behalf of the company by the founder and Managing Director, Mr Chris Lay.

Cllr Nick Hollinghurst was invited to attend as the Mayor of Tring. After the ceremony he thanked the Lord Lieutenant for visiting Tring and congratulated the company, its management and its workforce on their achievements which were being recognised by the Queen’s Award.

Trading as Ultra Electronics GigaSat, and based in Tring, Hertfordshire, the company leads the world in the design, manufacture and development of compact mobile satellite terminals and microwave systems for broadcast and government applications. Covering microwave bands C, X, Ku, DBS and Ka, the company’s equipment offers signal processing capability across a frequency range from 1 to 31 GHz  for Satellite Newsgathering and for other specialised communication applications in use globally.

Frequencies are specified in terms of the Herz (1 cycle per second) and the high frequecies used in communication are specified as GHz or gigahertz – hence the name of the company.

Innovative composite materials are used to produce a comprehensive portfolio of flight-case flyaway and vehicle-mounted antenna systems. Now familiar to almost everyone, Digital Satellite News Gathering (DSNG) brings news and pictures direct from even the most remote corner of the globe. Less familiar is the high specification equipment which makes that possible. Digital satellite communications depends on suitable antennae, and whether flown out with a roving reporter or vehicle-mounted for on-site programme origination, size, weight and mechanical stability are as important as high quality electronics. With antenna sizes ranging from 1.0m to 3.7m GigaSat now offer the world’s largest portfolio of DSNG equipment.

However, GigaSat are much more than a manufacturer. They are also able to provide end-to-end engineering, installation, commissioning and support, program management, system engineering, product design engineering and maintenance service agreements. So, for mobile digital satellite news gathering, or for other specialised lightweight communications requirements, GigaSat are well on the way to becoming the world’s one-stop-shop in these fields.

Innovation, development, high manufacuring standards and effective marketing – all recognised by the award from Her Majesty to the company.

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