Ethiopian fixed line monopoly provider Ethiopian Telecom Corporation (ETC) and Israel-based Gilat Network Systems have announced that the latter is deploying a new broadband satellite network which will provide an upgrade to ETC’s existing Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) network and will allow the telco to deliver advanced broadband services, including video and data-centric applications. In addition, it has been revealed that ETC will deploy Gilat’s VSATs at a number of remote and rural community centres with a view to providing an increased number of Ethiopians fixed line voice and broadband internet access.
Gilat will also provide its SkyAbis cellular backhaul solution, which is based on the SkyEdge and SkyEdge II multi-service platforms, which is expected to allow ETC to deploy hybrid networks to extend the reach of its terrestrial and cellular infrastructure to remote regions.
Commenting on the agreement between the two companies, Ato Amare Amsalu, ETC’s CEO, said: ‘Gilat’s technology has proven to be the most reliable, and has enabled us to improve the quality of ICT in Ethiopia. In addition to being an excellent technology partner, we have also enjoyed outstanding service and support from Gilat for the past twelve years. We look forward to continuing to work together with Gilat to fulfil our commitment to provide advanced services that meet the critical communications requirements of our customers throughout the country.’