Gilat's CellEdge 3G Network to Provide Satellite-Based, High-Speed Mobile Services to Previously Unserved Rural Areas of Canada
PETAH TIKVA, Israel — Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd. (Nasdaq:GILT), a worldwide leader in satellite networking technology, solutions and services, announced today that RuralCom Corporation ("RuralCom"), a cellular carrier headquartered in Vancouver, selected Gilat as prime network contractor for its Alaska
Highway and British Columbia (BC) Coast Networks. RuralCom's networks will use Gilat's CellEdge 3G technology to provide satellite-based, high-speed mobile services in previously unserved rural areas of
RuralCom's proposed Alaska Highway Network will provide nearly continuous coverage along the 1,685 km (1,047 mile) Alaska Highway, from Wonowon, BC to Beaver Creek, Yukon Territory (YT) on the Alaska-YT border. Communities to be served will include Fort Nelson in BC and Watson Lake and Whitehorse in YT. The networks were made fully operational in late January and RuralCom expects to have additional new cell sites along the Alaska Highway and the B.C. Coast by mid-year with expansion to continue during the second half of the year.
Gilat's CellEdge, small cell over satellite solution will enable RuralCom to provide 3G HSPA+ including voice, SMS, MMS and data services to both its subscribers as well as customers of other cellular operators. Gilat's CellEdge 3G network was creatively designed to reduce OPEX by optimizing space segment usage and significantly reduce CAPEX.
"There are vast stretches of the Alaska Highway and BC Coast which have no existing wireless service and, we believe that the benefits to public safety and the protection of life and property will be significant," claimed Bob Hillman, President and CEO of RuralCom. "We shopped the world for the most contemporary technology and equipment. We chose Gilat for its innovative solution, its experience working under harsh environmental conditions and its unique energy renewal capabilities."
"Our message to cellular operators is clear: 'Show us where you need connectivity and we will provide it'," explained Erez Antebi, Gilat's CEO. "RuralCom handed us a list of locations and we are making it happen - quickly, turnkey and without any hassles."
Founded in 2005, Vancouver-based RuralCom Corporation is an accredited cellular carrier with licenses to operate along the length of the Alaska Highway and the BC North Coast. The company is focused on expanding cellular telephone service to unserved and underserved rural areas across Canada.
Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd (Nasdaq:GILT) (TASE:GILT) is a leading 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. In addition, Gilat enables mobile SOTM (Satellite-on-the-Move) solutions providing low-profile antennas, next generation solid-state power amplifiers and modems. Gilat also provides managed network and satellite-based services for rural telephony and Internet access via its subsidiaries in Peru and Colombia.
With over 25 years of experience, and over a million products shipped to more than 85 countries, Gilat has provided enterprises, service providers and operators with efficient and reliable satellite-based connectivity solutions, including cellular backhaul, banking, retail, e-government and rural communication networks. Gilat also enables leading defense, public security and news organizations to implement advanced, on-the-move tactical communications on board their land, air and sea fleets using Gilat's high-performance SOTM solutions. For more information, please visit us at www.gilat.com
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