MAYANet in Guatemala to receive satellite Internet backbone services for videoconferencing and telemedicine

Houston 07 June 1999 Telscape International Inc. has started to supply satellite-based Internet services in Guatemala, as the initial step in its strategy to provide an array of value-added backbone services to corporate and private-sector customers throughout Central and South America. As an essential part of this initiative, Telscape, by means of its wholly-owned subsidiary, Interlink Communications Inc., will offer satellite-based Internet access, telemedicine and videoconferencing services, for Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnologia or "MAYANet", the National Science and Technology Organization for the public and private sector in Guatemala.

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Telscape International Inc. has started to supply satellite-based Internet services in Guatemala, as the initial step in its strategy to provide an array of value-added backbone services to corporate and private-sector customers throughout Central and South America. As an essential part of this initiative, Telscape, by means of its wholly-owned subsidiary, Interlink Communications Inc., will offer satellite-based Internet access, telemedicine and videoconferencing services, for Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnologia or "MAYANet", the National Science and Technology Organization for the public and private sector in Guatemala.

Telscape will provide Internet services via Interlink's international satellite teleport in Mountain View, California, utilizing the satellite system Satmex. This leading-edge teleport facility addresses a rapidly growing need throughout the whole of Latin America for high-speed voice, video, data and Internet services. With an OC-12 connection, directly coupled into the tier-one Internet backbone, and with Interlink's established record of reliability over a decade, Telscape is well positioned to become one of the major service providers to Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in Latin America.

In addition, the company will equally offer ISPs some additional value added services, like advanced IP networking design, implementation, monitoring as well as help desk and outsourcing services, that are provided by its systems integration division in Mexico. Scott Crist, who is Chief Executive Officer of Telscape, claims that many of the first users of the Internet services in Latin America, one of the fastest growing and least penetrated regions throughout the world, consist of government and scientific institutions. Telscape aims to become a one-stop-shop for all of the Latin American ISPs, in order to forge commercial relationships and alliances with local Internet companies in each country. In future, this will also lead to other mutually beneficial business endeavours.

Magaly Morales, the National Coordinator for MAYANet strongly believes that Interlink has the technical capabilities to support the continuous growth of the MAYANet network throughout the entire Guatemalan peninsula. The use of this system will allow to implement applications and services via satellite, such as videoconferencing, telemedicine, distance learning and an improved Internet access. Essential services now can be delivered which were formerly either extremely difficult or impossible for users to procure. The applications and services benefit the institutions that make up the National Science and Technology Organization in the public, private and academic sectors.

Telscape International Inc. is a fully-integrated communications company. This provider, based in the United States, supplies international voice, video, data and Internet services, via switched and dedicated networks, principally to and from Latin America. The company also owns and operates a satellite teleport facility in Mountain View which delivers an array of communications services to customers all over North, Central and South America. In addition, the company provides a large variety of systems integration and value-added telecommunications services in Mexico to leading public and private sector customers. Telereunion, which is a Telscape subsidiary, is one of the merely sixteen companies which has been granted a facilities-based long distance concession by the Mexican government.


Leslie Versweyveld

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