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Kenya to get new VSAT network

Kenyan businesses are to get a new VSAT network to deliver high quality voice, broadband data and video services.

The new network is expected to be used primarily by banks and financial services companies to provide private networking services, including interactive data, broadband Internet access, VoIP and client-server banking applications to their customers throughout Kenya. The network, comprising SkyEdge II IP VSATs and a SkyEdge II hub which supports multiple satellites, will cover sites in various parts of Kenya.

SkyEdge II is a standards-based system from Israeli manufacturer Gilat Satellite Networks which uses DVB-S2 and DVB-RCS. SkyEdge employs flexible architecture and efficient space-segment utilization to offer increased efficiencies and full adaptivity for both the inbound and outbound channels. This enables the system to provide higher performance to serve the growing requirements of end-users. SkyEdge II is well-suited for diverse environments including enterprises, rural networks, cellular backhaul and government network applications.

The Kenyan network will be commissioned and operated by Alldean Satellite Networks, a Kenyan satellite service provider offering both domestic and cross-border connectivity to virtually anywhere in Africa. Alldean is a long time customer of Gilat, having deployed Gilat 360e, DialAway and FaraWay VSAT networks in the past. "We have worked with Gilat for many years, and are very impressed by its ability to continually meet the evolving needs of our market segments with the development of advanced technology platforms," said Muin Malik, Director of Alldean Satellite Networks (Kenya) Limited. "We found Gilat's SkyEdge II ACM capabilities to be the best in the market. This is of key importance, particularly when considering the current space-capacity environment."

Gilat have delivered contracts in many developing markets. The company also operates Spacenet Rural Communications, which offers rural telephony and Internet access solutions to remote areas primarily in Latin America.

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