This Award Brings the Total Projects Awarded to Gilat in Peru for Delivery of Rural Broadband Connectivity to Approximately $400 Million
Petah Tikva, Israel – December 17, 2015 – Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd. (NASDAQ, TASE: GILT), a worldwide leader in satellite networking technology, solutions and services, today reported a new award by Peru’s Fitel (Fondo de Inversion en Telecomunicaciones / Telecommunications Investment Fund) of a regional telecommunications infrastructure project for $108 million, in the region of Cusco. This new project is in addition to the projects previously awarded to Gilat by Fitel in the regions of Huancavelica, Ayacucho and Apurimac, which are currently underway.
“The fact that Gilat was awarded an additional regional project by Fitel for $108 million testifies to the confidence placed in our ability to deploy massive telecommunications projects under challenging conditions. We continue to expand Gilat’s ability to win and execute large-scale rural broadband connectivity projects, in accordance with Gilat’s strategy” said Dov Baharav, Chairman and interim CEO of Gilat.
“On top of the bid, Gilat expects additional revenues to be generated by enabling cellular carriers to acquire network capacity to address the growing needs for voice, data, and internet in these regions,” added Mr. Baharav.
“We have taken an additional step for the development of Peru. Today we start covering new villages with high speed broadband. I’m pleased because strategic alliances between public and private sectors are strengthening with those projects,”. added Mr. Jose Gallardo Ku , Minister of Transport and Communications.
About the Fitel Peru Award
Fitel’s regional initiative represents the complementary phase of the Peruvian National Fiber Backbone project, aimed to connect rural villages to broadband services. Within the framework of this phase, Gilat won the bid for a regional project – in Cusco located in the south of Peru.
The fiber-optic Transport networks will be built and immediately transferred to the Ministry of Telecommunications, while the Access networks based on wireless technologies will be built and operated for 10 years before being transferred to the Ministry.
In the frame of the Access network operation obligations, Gilat will connect about 615 public institutions and 371 remote villages to broadband services.
Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd (NASDAQ, TASE: GILT) is a leading provider of products and services for satellite-based broadband communications. Gilat develops and markets a wide range of high-performance satellite ground segment equipment and VSATs, with an increasing focus on the consumer and Ka-band market. In addition, Gilat enables mobile SOTM (Satellite-on-the-Move) solutions providing low-profile antennas, next generation solid-state power amplifiers and modems. Gilat also provides managed network and satellite-based services for rural telephony and Internet access via its subsidiaries in Peru and Colombia.
With over 25 years of experience, and over a million products shipped to more than 90 countries, Gilat has provided enterprises, service providers and operators with efficient and reliable satellite-based connectivity solutions, including cellular backhaul, banking, retail, e-government and rural communication networks. Gilat also enables leading defense, public security and news organizations to implement advanced, on-the-move tactical communications on board their land, air and sea fleets using Gilat’s high-performance SOTM solutions. Gilat’s controlling shareholders are the FIMI Private Equity Funds. For more information, please visit us at www.gilat.com
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