Israel-based Gilat Satellite Networks has announced that it has been selected to provide Panamanian telco Cable & Wireless Panama (C&WP) with a Sky Edge II broadband network that will be used to deliver broadband internet and telephony connectivity nationwide. Having partnered with C&WP since 2005, Gilat noted that the former is already providing satellite-based services utilising Gilat’s SkyEdge and SkyEdge II products with over 1,300 sites now in operation. It is understood that the network expansion project will include the deployment of solar powered VSATs, as well as the installation, maintenance and operation of the Sky Edge II hub equipment and voice-over-internet protocol (VoIP) gateways. The solar-powered solution will be supported by new outbound capacity from Telesat’s TelStar 11N satellite. Commenting on the development, C&WP’s chief executive officer Jorge Nicolau noted: ‘Our decision to select Gilat once again to support us in our endeavour to provide a robust satellite network in Panama is a clear vote of our confidence in their tremendous track record with C&W over the years. Gilat’s ability to provide a bandwidth-efficient, end-to-end solution, coupled with their support to operate the central hub activities, has allowed us to ensure that broadband connectivity, even at the most remote locations, is of the highest quality and reliability for our customers.’
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