Gilat Satellite Networks has been awarded two projects aimed at connecting remote communities in two Latin American countries.
Peru’s Fitel has commissioned the firm to design, set up and implement a network covering 70 communities along the most remote section of the Amazon River in Peru, as part of the country’s Integracion Amazonica Loreto initiative.
The $30 million project will see Gilat implement a high-capacity broadband network between Iquitos and the town of Isla Santa Rosa, to enable internet and telephony services for the inhabitants in 70 communities in the Loreto region.
Erez Antebi, CEO of Gilat Satellite Networks, said: "We look forward to continuing our commitment and record of successful delivery to Fitel to bring communication services to the most remote areas of the country, while contributing to social inclusion, education, development and employment in these areas."
In addition, Colombia's Ministry of Information and Technology (MINTIC) Connectivity Division has awarded the group a $99 million project aimed at providing deployment and connectivity services to rural communities and schools within the framework of the Ministry's national Kioscos Phase 2/VIVE DIGITAL project.
MINTIC has already used services based on Gilat SkyEdge II VSATs, including SkyEdge II WebEnhance, in nearly 4,000 rural communities and schools. This latest project includes 10 months of rural Internet and telephony deployment, plus three years of connectivity and educational training services for more than 1,900 digital kiosks in two regions.
"We are very happy to have been awarded this project to help MINTIC provide Internet and telephony services as part of its commitment to provide digital inclusion, development and employment to rural Colombian residents," said Erez Antebi, CEO of Gilat Satellite Networks.