Gilat Satellite Networks was selected by Alef Soluciones Integrales and Corporative
Laniz to provide a 4,400-ste SkyEdge VSAT network to serve more than 7,700 Mexican
public-school classrooms as part of the Mexican Ministry of Education's Enciclomedia
program. With this initiative, SkyEdge will have connected about 41,00 Mexican
classrooms with broadband internet access and VoIP services.
Hughes Technology is adding another 10,860 broadband satellite internet terminals to its Mexican school contract with Enlaces Integra and Globalstar de Mexico, the company announced Wednesday.
"We are pleased to expand our business with Enlaces for this important project and look forward to the deployment of the network in the months ahead," said Nick Marzella, Hughes' vice president for the Latin American region. "This expansion makes Enlaces one of the world's largest satellite providers of broadband services to schools, and one of the largest among our list of Hughes valued customers."
This second phase of the Mexican Ministry of Education's Enciclomedia program adds nearly 17,500 secondary school classrooms to the the 37,500 primary school rooms that Hughes is already serving in the country. This brings the total number of broadband terminals in the program to more than 55,000, reaching more than 40 percent of Mexico's secondary school classrooms.
The goal of the Enciclomedia program is to bring an "enhanced learning environment" to Mexico's classrooms, enabling teachers to share materials and information between the country's 150,000-plus rural and urban classrooms.
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