Gilat provides satellite equipment to Ethiopia

June 2, 2010 • Mobile and Telecoms, Satellite Communications

Chairman of the Board & Chief Executive Officer, Gilat Satellite Networks

Ethiopian Telecommunication Corp. (ETC), Ethiopia’s national telecom operator has appointed Gilat Satellite Networks, to provide satellite communications equipment which will be deployed as part of the nationwide SchoolNet project.
SchoolNet is a satellite-based network which provides Internet connectivity as well as TV- broadcast educational content to secondary schools across Ethiopia. The network has successfully enabled students in hundreds of rural schools to enjoy equal learning opportunities like those of their colleagues in urban schools throughout the country. ETC is now expanding the network to serve several hundred additional schools and will integrate Gilat’s satellite communications equipment as part of this expansion.
Gilat has worked with ETC for almost 12 years. Recently, Gilat upgraded ETC’s existing VSAT network to enable ETC deliver advanced video and data-centric applications, to meet the growing demands of its enterprise and government customers. ETC is also deploying Gilat’s VSATs at remote community centers nationwide to provide citizens with toll-quality telephony and reliable broadband internet access.
“We are pleased to take part in such an important project which is helping to shape the future of education in Ethiopia and to once again help ETC fulfill its commitment to provide advanced services that meet the critical communications requirements of the country” says Nir Korman, Gilat’s Regional Vice President, Africa.
Gilat’s satellite communications networks provide dependable, high-speed data networking to government agencies, banks, energy companies and citizens at thousands of sites throughout Africa, including Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria, Namibia, Angola, Ghana, Cameroon, Senegal, Tanzania, and South Africa.

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