Rutel aims to span digital gap

Rutel, the telecomms solutions provider for rural and remote areas, is extending its operations into the Middle East after refocusing its business earlier this year.

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By  Richard Agnew Published  October 19, 2003

Rutel, the telecomms solutions provider for rural and remote areas, is extending its operations into the Middle East after refocusing its business earlier this year.

The provider, which currently targets Africa and Europe, is attempting to tap into the market for internet and telephony in areas of the Middle East that are currently deprived of access to communications.

Rutel restructured its business recently after turbulent market conditions hit developers of hardware for rural telephony solutions. Its business model now takes advantage of partnerships with governments of developing countries and local groups.

At Gitex, the provider is showcasing its solution for internet access, corporate network infrastructure, digital video streaming, distance learning, video conferencing and voice over IP (VoIP), which is based on the digital video broadcasting return channel via satellite (DVB-RCS) standard.

Through it, communities can access services at local telecentres, which include conventional telephones, computers for internet access, a fax and printing facilities. G8-1

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