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October 6th, 2013

Entel + Gilat Satellite Networks—Bolivian Deal (SATCOM)

The projected footprint for the
upcoming TKSat-1 satellite.
[SatNews] The Bolivian National Telecommunications Company (Spanish: Empresa Nacional de Telecomunicaciones, Entel) has awarded the implementation of 1,000 satellite telecentres to Gilat Satellite Network for US$ 12 million.

Internet, telephone and television services will be provided via Tupac Katari (TKSAT-1), a telecommunications satellite that is expected to launch this year aboard a Chang Zheng 3B/E (CZ-3B/E) booster from the Xichang Space Center in Sichuan, China. The satellite will pack 30 transponders and is being built by China Great Wall Industry Corporation with a projected 15 years of service. Entel will also invest another US$ 8 million to deploy base stations for coverage of the local route of the 2014 Drakar Rally race.