– Bolivia’s largest satellite network operator chooses SkyEdge II for the government’s national digital inclusion initiative
PETAH TIKVA, Israel, October 9, 2013 — Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd. (Nasdaq:GILT), a worldwide leader in satellite networking technology, solutions and services, today announced it has received a letter of award for equipment and services from Entel S.A., the largest telecom operator and satellite network operator in Bolivia.
Under the terms of the project, valued at over $12 million, Gilat will supply Entel S.A. with a SkyEdge II VSAT platform, including HUB and VSATs, Teleport, DTH and solar solutions. The project also includes professional services for the central site installation, project management and training.
The network is to be used for the Bolivian government’s national digital inclusion initiative (PRONTIS) and will operate over the first Bolivian communications satellite, Tupac Katari, due to be launched in December 2013.
“We are very pleased to have received this new project award letter from Entel,” said Erez Antebi, CEO of Gilat Satellite Networks. “With our established presence in Latin American and extensive experience deploying satellite networks for internet access, we believe that our reliable and flexible solution will ensure the success of this project.”
Entel Bolivia is using Gilat technology in other projects, including a recent order to expand an existing SkyEdge II network for 3G cellular backhaul.