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Gilat Chosen For Namibian Broadband Satellite Communications Network
by Staff Writers
Gilat, Israel (SPX) Apr 20, 2011


Gilat has announced that it has been selected by Telecom Namibia to provide a SkyEdge II Broadband Satellite Network to serve hundreds of locations throughout Namibia. The new, IP oriented and higher capacity network will replace legacy equipment and enable the connection of new sites to broadband services.

Satellite-based connectivity is fundamental for communications in Namibia, which has one of the lowest population densities in the world with approximately two million people spread over more than 800,000 square kilometers. Telecom Namibia is a leading supplier of voice, text, data and video solutions and operates the largest Digital Telecommunication Network in the country.

The implementation of the 600-site Sky Edge II network commenced in mid 2010 and is in final stages of completion. Telecom Namibia will use the SkyEdge II network to deliver Internet and VoIP services to residential and enterprise customers. Additionally, the new network will be used to deliver the company's Wi-Space Wi-Fi hotspot service in hotels and other tourist destinations throughout Namibia.

"Gilat has been a long term partner for Telecom Namibia. Their track record in product leadership and service support was a key consideration in our selection process. By upgrading our network to Gilat's SkyEdge II VSAT platform, we aim to establish a more bandwidth efficient infrastructure and improve our satellite capacity utilization, enabling us to expand our customer footprint and deliver broadband access to even more locations throughout the country. " - Laban Hiwilepo, General Manager of Network Provisioning and Assurance, Telecom Namibia

"Telecom Namibia's selection of Gilat's SkyEdge II demonstrates the appeal of the platform's technical advantages, versatility and low total cost of ownership. It is gratifying to know that Telecom Namibia's implementation of this network will improve the quality of life for consumers and businesses alike. We look forward to continue and support Telecom Namibia in their ongoing effort to drive improved connectivity for their customers nationwide." - Guy Moskowitz, Executive Vice President of Sales, Gilat


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