Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Gilat to Provide Turnkey Satellite Communications Network for Thailand's Public Communications Agency, CAT

Network Will be Used to Provide Nationwide Voice and Internet Services

PETAH TIKVA, Israel, June 16, 2009 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd. (Nasdaq:GILT) today announced it will provide CAT Telecom Public Co. Ltd. (CAT) with a Gilat SkyEdge II broadband satellite network to serve rural locations throughout Thailand. CAT is Thailand's state-owned public communications agency.

The turnkey VSAT networking solution, contracted by SCS-Loxley Consortium (Samart Communications Services) and Loxley Wireless Co. Ltd., includes equipment, installation, technical support and training. CAT will deploy Gilat SkyEdge II VSATs to provide rural citizens with telephony and broadband Internet access at public call offices nationwide as part of a Universal Service Obligation (USO).

"After evaluating several VSAT providers, we determined that Gilat provided the optimal combination of superior technology, qualified support and experience meeting USO obligations," said Thongyai Chanthanawan, SCS-Loxley Consortium Director. "By providing optimal bandwidth efficiency, Gilat's SkyEdge II platform will help ensure our deployment of the most cost-effective solution over the long term."

N. Ranganathan, Gilat Network Systems' RVP, Asia, said, "This is another example of Gilat's ability to bring dependable telephony and broadband Internet services to citizens in a cost-efficient manner, regardless of geographic location. We will apply our innovation and experience to help CAT improve the quality of life for citizens in Thailand's rural areas."

Gilat's SkyEdge II is a multi-service platform enabling the delivery of high-quality voice, broadband data and video services for diverse environments including enterprises, rural networks, cellular backhaul and government network applications. SkyEdge II is a standards-based system using DVB-S2 and DVB-RCS. With better efficiencies and full adaptivity for both the inbound and outbound channels, it provides higher performance that serves the growing requirements of end-users. Gilat's diverse portfolio of SkyEdge II VSATs are all supported by a unified platform, offering service providers the most suitable product for their application needs as well as the flexibility to evolve their networks.

About CAT Telecom Public Co. Ltd.

In 2003, CAT was corporatized from the Communications Authority of Thailand. For more information, please visit

About Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd.

Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd. (Nasdaq:GILT) is a leading provider of products and services for satellite-based communications networks. The Company operates under three business units: (i) Gilat Network Systems, a provider of network systems and associated professional services to service providers and operators worldwide; (ii) Spacenet Inc., a provider of managed services in North America to the business and government segments; and (iii) Spacenet Rural Communications, a provider of rural telephony and Internet access solutions to remote areas primarily in Latin America.

Gilat was founded in 1987 and has shipped over 750,000 Very Small Aperture Terminals (VSATs) to more than 85 countries across six continents. Gilat's headquarters is located in Petah Tikva, Israel. The Company has 16 sales and service offices worldwide. Gilat markets a full line of high-performance VSATs under the SkyEdge and SkyEdge II Product Family.

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