Bolivian state-owned fixed line operator Empresa Nacional de Telecomunicaciones (Entel) has reportedly awarded a USD12 million contract to Israel’s Gilat Satellite under which the latter will provide equipment for 1,000 new telecentres. According to BNamericas, the deal will allow Entel to construct the telecentres as part of the government’s national digital inclusion plan, Programa Nacional de Telecomunicaciones de Inclusion Social (PRONTIS). It is understood that, with the infrastructure to de deployed in what will be the third phase of PRONTIS, the telecentres will be equipped with computers with internet access, a fixed phone line and satellite TV. With some being constructed in rural communities which have limited access to electricity, a number of the telecentres will also have solar panels installed, to ensure a continued power supply. Meanwhile, all of the new infrastructure is expected to be connected to the country’s Tupac Katari satellite, which will launch on 20 December 2013.
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