Israeli very small aperture terminal (VSAT) provider Gilat Satellite Networks has confirmed that it has inked a deal with Russian WiMAX operator Synterra, to provide satellite communications equipment for the extension of the operator’s broadband network in Siberia and the Far East Federal District. The expansion of Synterra’s network is designed to support the operator’s universal service obligations in the aforementioned regions, providing residents of remote communities with hitherto unavailable access to broadband internet and voice telephony services. Under the terms of the agreement, Gilat – Synterra’s long-time partner in Russia – is committed to implementing VSAT technology at 1,500 remote locations. No time frame has been given for the rollout. Arie Rozichner, regional vice president of Gilat’s Eurasia unit, commented: ‘We are proud to continue our ongoing partnership with Synterra, and view this project as a clear vote of confidence in our technology and service support. We look forward to supporting Synterra’s efforts in extending broadband connectivity throughout the rugged geography of the Siberian and Russian Far East districts’.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, Synterra was established in late 2005 following the unification of three separate Russian telcos: Komet, RTComm.ru and Telecom-Centre. It launched its first 3.5GHz fixed WiMAX networks in April 2006, and in July the following year announced it had selected Alcatel-Lucent to supply equipment for 2.5GHz mobile WiMAX systems in a number of cities.