Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd. said Sept. 28 it had signed a corporate sourcing contract with France Telecom SA that paves the way for the Israeli company to provide the telecom giant with satellite communications equipment. As a result of the agreement, Orange Business Services, the enterprise communications arm of France Telecom, has installed a Gilat SkyEdge 2 hub at its Bercenay-en-Othe teleport in France to facilitate the operations of a new cellular backhaul network in Niger.

The sourcing contract qualifies SkyEdge 2 broadband satellite communications equipment for France Telecom’s Orange brand entities.