Fitel Peru awards Gilat contracts for regional telecommunications projects
(28 June 2018 - Gilat Satellite Networks) Gilat Satellite Networks announced today a new award by Peru’s Fitel (Fondo de Inversion en Telecomunicaciones / Telecommunications Investment Fund) for two additional regional telecommunications infrastructure projects totaling $153.6 million.
The Amazonas region was awarded for $108 million and the Ica region for $45.6 million. Gilat expects additional revenues to be generated by selling network capacity to cellular carriers to address the growing needs for voice, data, and internet in these regions, as well as the development of platforms for e-learning, e-health and e-government.
Fitel awarded the new regions of Amazonas and Ica to Gilat in addition to the four telecommunications projects that are nearing completion, in the regions of Huancavelica, Ayacucho, Apurimac and Cusco. In the two additional regions, Gilat will build the infrastructure required to support the Peruvian population including connecting schools, police stations and health centers.
“The fact that Gilat was awarded two additional regional projects by Fitel for over $153 million testifies to the confidence placed in our ability to deploy massive telecommunications projects under challenging conditions,” said Arieh Rohrstock, General Manager Gilat Peru and Corporate VP. “Gilat’s interest and long term goal with the six regions won so far, and potentially additional future regional wins, is to turn Peru into a source of secured, multi-year, significant, profitable revenue, generated from both secure government fees as well as from selling services such as e-learning, e-health and other OTT services.”
“It is a pleasure to see the continued effort and materialization of providing broadband through financing contracts, this time delivering service to the Amazonas and Ica regions,” said Virginia Nakagawa, Vice Minister of Communications, Peru. “Furthermore, I personally congratulate ProInversion for executing a transparent and flawless process that has successfully concluded by closing of these contracts with Gilat.”
About the Fitel Peru award
Fitel’s regional initiative represents the complementary phase of the Peruvian National Fiber Backbone project, aimed to connect rural villages to broadband services. Within the framework of this phase, Gilat won the bid for regional projects – in Amazonas and Ica.
The fiber-optic Transport networks will be built and transferred to the Ministry of Telecommunications after a period of no more than 18 months, while the Access networks based on wireless technologies will be built and operated by Gilat for 10 years.
In the frame of the Access network operation obligations, Gilat will connect about 632 public institutions in 349 remote villages to broadband services.
Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd. (NASDAQ: GILT, TASE: GILT) is a leading global provider of satellite-based broadband communications. With 30 years of experience, we design and manufacture cutting-edge ground segment equipment, and provide comprehensive solutions and end-to-end services, powered by our innovative technology. Delivering high value competitive solutions, our portfolio comprises of a cloud based VSAT network platform, high-speed modems, high performance on-the-move antennas and high efficiency, high power Solid State Amplifiers (SSPA) and Block Upconverters (BUC).
Gilat’s comprehensive solutions support multiple applications with a full portfolio of products to address key applications including broadband access, cellular backhaul, enterprise, in-flight connectivity, maritime, trains, defense and public safety, all while meeting the most stringent service level requirements. Gilat controlling shareholders are the FIMI Private Equity Funds.