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Ethiopia’s telco extends broadband services to rural areas

April 13, 2010 • Mobile and Telecoms

Ethiopian Telecommunication Corp. (ETC), Ethiopia’s national telecom operator, will extend its broadband services to remote regions in the country in partnership with Gilat Satellite Networks, who will provide a broadband satellite communications network to meet the operator’s coverage demands.

The new network will cover hundreds of sites in Ethiopia and provide an upgrade to ETC’s existing infrastructure. It will also include Gilat’s cellular backhaul solution for an extended range of cellular services to remote regions and advanced broadband services, covering video and data-centric applications for enterprises and government customers.

The operator will deploy Gilat’s VSATs in remote community centers across Ethiopia, enhancing toll-quality telephony and broadband internet access in these regions.

Nir Korman, Gilat’s Regional Vice President, Africa, said that upgrading ETC’s VSAT infrastructure meets the rapidly growing regional communications needs in the country.

“Gilat’s technology has enabled us to improve the quality of ICT in Ethiopia”, commented ETC’s CEO, Ato Amare Amsalu.

In addition to satellite communications solutions, Gilat will provide ETC with an extensive range of mobile services in the country’s remote locations, by implementing Gilat’s SkyAbis cellular backhaul solution, based on the SkyEdge and SkyEdgeII multi-service platforms.

Gilat Satellite Networks is a global provider of products and professional services for satellite-based broadband communications networks worldwide, shipping over 750,000 VSATs to more than 85 countries across six continents. Headquartered in Petah Tikva, Israel, the company has 16 sales and service offices worldwide.

To date, Gilat has been providing broadband satellite communications to thousands of sites across Africa, including Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria, Namibia, Angola, Ghana, Cameroon, Senegal, Tanzania, and South Africa.

ETC is Ethiopia’s national telecom operator, supplying voice, data and video services. The operator also provides training, education and research in the field of ICT.

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