Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd., a worldwide enabler in satellite networking technology, solutions and services, has reached a critical milestone in Peru with approval to enter the operational phase of the three-region telecom project awarded in 2015 for an aggregate value of $285M.
This phase enables the start of delivery of broadband internet services to over half a million people in the three regions. Entering the operational phase will enable Gilat to unlock access to revenue of ~$12M per annum of operations fees, for a period of ten years, as well as to start selling services over the network.
“I am most pleased to receive approval from the government of Peru, to enter into the operational phase of the projects in Huancavelica, Ayacucho & Apurimac,” said Arieh Rohrstock, General Manager Gilat Peru and Corporate VP. “This significant milestone marks the realization of our objective to turn Peru into a source of secure, multi-year, profitable revenue, both from operational fees as well as the sale of additional services over the network, as we deliver on our corporate values of contributing to bridging the digital divide in Peru and worldwide.”
The inauguration events in Peru for start of delivery of broadband internet in support of social development, e-health and e-learning were widely celebrated in the presence of Peru’s President, the Transport & Communications Ministry and the Regional Governments. The huge project will supply connectivity to one thousand towns in the three regions, through the deployment of almost 5,000 km of fiber optic and the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). The network will also provide cellular backhaul to allow mobile network operators to reach distant villages for 3G/4G broadband mobile services to satisfy the need for the same mobile connectivity services as in the urban regions. Furthermore, during the project’s operation, over 4,000 representatives of schools, health, post and police stations will receive training.
The President of Peru, Martin Vizcarra said in the inauguration speech: “We are committed to working on the physical roads that connect us with cars, trucks and buses, but we need to move forward in the technological race as well, which is optic fiber, the broadband that through a wire, carries the knowledge.”
In the inauguration ceremony in Apurimac the Transport and Communications Minister discussed the focus on delivery of internet for the children’s health and safety, and commended Gilat as follows: “I want to emphasize that the collaboration of the government with the private company, Gilat, brought about the successful fiber optic project, and that without Gilat’s commitment, work and faithful fulfillment of responsibilities the state could not make this project happen,” said María Jara, Minister, Transport and Communications.