LUXEMBOURG & PETAH TIKVA, Israel--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
Intelsat S.A. (NYSE: I), the world’s leading provider of satellite
services, and Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd. (NASDAQ: GILT), a worldwide
leader in satellite networking technology, solutions and services, today
announced a multi-year, multi-transponder agreement under which Gilat
Colombia will use Intelsat Ku-band capacity on Intelsat 907 at 332.5°
East to support the Kioscos Vive Digital 2 (KVDII) project.
KDVII provides connectivity to rural communities and schools in six
regions within the framework of the Colombian Ministry's national
Kioscos Phase 2/VIVE DIGITAL project. Gilat’s SkyEdge II WebEnhance was
chosen to be used in four of these, including the regions serviced by
Gilat Colombia. Under the agreement between the companies, Gilat
Colombia will use Intelsat’s satellite services for the three year
initiative. As part of the project, Gilat will integrate its SkyEdge II
WebEnhance data networking platform with Intelsat’s satellite services
to provide internet connectivity to 1,903 kiosks within rural
communities located in Colombia.
"Satellite continues to provide critical broadband infrastructure to
regions where terrestrial technologies are not cost-effective or are
unreliable or impossible to use given geographies," said Carmen
Gonzalez-Sanfeliu, Intelsat’s Regional Vice President, Latin America.
"Gilat’s high performing and efficient technology combined with
Intelsat’s flexible and high-performing satellite services closes that
divide and delivers essential internet connectivity and telephony to
children and adults in communities across Colombia. The KVDII project is
a great example of how the satellite community works together to provide
the necessary connectivity to aid in the educational and economic
development of fast growing economies, such as Colombia."
"We have had a long and successful history of partnering with Intelsat
to deliver broadband connectivity in some of the remotest regions of the
world,” stated Danny Fridman, CEO of Gilat Colombia and Peru. "The
quality, flexibility and reliability of their satellite fleet and
willingness to reposition the Intelsat 907 spot beam to help us deliver
the internet to communities in Colombia made them the best partner to
help support our efforts with the KVDII initiative."
About Kioscos VIVE Digital
Kioscos VIVE Digital is an initiative of the Ministry of Information
Technologies and Communications which aims to provide community Internet
access points to 100% of the population centers of more than 100 people,
by 2014. The project is focused on rural areas and remote locations as
part of the aim to achieve digital inclusion of children, youth and
adults of all ages.
Intelsat S.A. (NYSE: I) is the world’s leading provider of satellite
services, delivering high performance connectivity solutions for media,
fixed and mobile broadband infrastructure, enterprise and government and
military applications. Intelsat’s satellite, teleport and fiber
infrastructure is unmatched in the industry, setting the standard for
transmissions of video and broadband services. From the globalization of
content and the proliferation of HD, to the expansion of cellular
networks and mobile broadband access, Intelsat creates value for its
customers through creative space-based solutions.
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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 the United States, Peru and
With over 25 years of experience, and over a million products shipped to
more than 85 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. For more
information, please visit us at www.gilat.com.
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