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Gilat Satcom Partners with Global Tracking of Ethiopia to Offer Fleet Management and Personal Tracking Solutions

Gilat Satcom, a provider of domestic and international fiber and satellite-based connectivity services in Africa, Asia and the Middle East, announced last week that it has concluded a partnering agreement with Global Tracking of Ethiopia to provide comprehensive fleet management, personal tracking and related solutions across East Africa.

Global Tracking, established in 2000, is the wireless business solution division of Global Investment Technology of Falls Church VA, USA and maintains operations in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The company is a leader in real-time terrestrial GPS/GPRS and satellite GPRS tracking systems. It focuses on helping companies in the transport sector reduce operational costs and increase efficiency while enhancing customer satisfaction.

Participating in the Information Communications Technology Exhibition which recently took place in Addis Ababa, Gilat Satcom saw the huge potential for tracking solutions. Entering into an agreement with a strong player like Global Tracking enables the company to provide world-class, comprehensive solutions to a host of Africa-specific tracking requirements.

Gilat Satcom’s Mobile Satellite Services Sales Manager, Itzik Baron, stated, “We have encountered a strong demand for real-time, tracking-related solutions that are served by our ever-present, pan-Africa mobile satellite communication capabilities. Teaming with Global Tracking, experts in tracking solutions, we can offer comprehensive solutions throughout Africa.”

Global Tracking maintains an around-the-clock operations team in Addis Ababa to provide direct support to customers of the joint venture. Backed by Gilat Satcom’s award-winning Customer Services Center (CSC), customers are assured comprehensive, accessible support for all their needs.

Zelalem Dagne, Global Tracking’s Managing Director said, “We are tracking experts with excellent solutions. Working with Gilat Satcom, we are able to make our solutions available across Africa to increase fleet efficiency while we reduce transportation costs and accidents.”

The first company to use the new fleet management system is Weyera Transport Share Corporation.  Weyera’s Managing Director, Ato Mesfin Tefere, stated, “We were working with Global Tracking in 2008 on a pilot project and entered into a contract to use their fleet management system.  We are now able to monitor our trucks remotely at any time.  In my opinion, the combination of Global Tracking and Gilat Satcom provides us with a new level of quality of service and value that we can offer our customers. We are extremely pleased with the capabilities of the solution and the rapid and seamless deployment of the new system.”

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