Gilat Satellite Networks is providing a multi-million dollar broadband satellite communications network for a large gaming and lottery project in Africa.
The new network is being deployed to provide gaming and lottery services to an initial 2 500 sites in several countries in West Africa, including the Ivory Coast, DRC and Senegal. Subsequent phases will potentially increase the scope of the project to up to 10 000 sites and will include additional countries in the region.
Modern gaming terminals require secure communications for their operations. In addition, migrating to online services is usually based on web technologies. VSAT networks provide an excellent solution for lottery – being both secure and providing very high availability – even in the most difficult locations in Africa. VSAT technology enables upgrading the network centrally to support additional online games and services as these are added.
Nir Korman, Gilat's regional vice-president: Africa, says: "As the pioneer in satellite-based communications networks for lottery and gaming, Gilat has extensive experience in providing reliable and efficient solutions for this sector, and has delivered some of the world's largest projects in this field. We are pleased to have been chosen for this significant project and to continue to expand our footprint in West Africa."
Gilat's SkyEdge and SkyEdge II multi-service platforms enable the delivery of high-quality voice, broadband data and video services for different environments including enterprises, rural networks, cellular backhaul and government network applications. Gilat's diverse portfolio of VSATs offer service providers the most suitable product for their application needs as well as the flexibility to evolve their networks. The newest addition to Gilat's SkyEdge II portfolio is NetEdge, a dedicated solution for multi-star networks, specifically designed to meet the needs of corporate networks and cellular-backhaul applications.
Gilat's VSAT networks provide high-speed data networking to government agencies, banks, energy companies and citizens at thousands of sites throughout Africa, including Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria, Namibia, Angola, Ghana, Cameroon, Senegal, Tanzania and South Africa.