Intelsat S.A. (NYSE: I) and Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd. (NASDAQ: GILT) have announced a multi-year, multi-transponder agreement under which Gilat Colombia will use Intelsat Ku-band capacity on Intelsat 907 to support the Kioscos Vive Digital 2 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.
Kioscos VIVE Digital is an initiative of the Ministry of Information Technologies and Communications which aims to provide community Internet access points to 100 percent 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 is a provider of satellite services, delivering high performance connectivity solutions for media, fixed and mobile broadband infrastructure, enterprise and government and military applications. For more information, visit www.intelsat.com.
Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd (NASDAQ: GILT) (TASE: GILT) is a 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. Its website is at www.gilat.com.