An unnamed Bolivian mobile operator has signed a deal with Israeli satellite equipment supplier Gilat for the latter to deploy its SkyAbis GSM cellular backhaul network. The new network, based on Gilat’s SkyEdge II platform, will reportedly allow the cellco to extend network coverage to the more remote regions of the country. The initial phase of deployment has been completed, providing backhaul services to 50 base stations in the country and once the second phase of the project is completed 100 base stations in total are expected to utilise the technology. Gilat’s SkyEdge is a satellite communications system that delivers voice, broadband data and video services over a unified system, and the solution enables operators to deploy hybrid networks that extend the reach of their terrestrial and cellular infrastructure to remote communities. No financial details of the deal have been revealed.