Gilat Upgrades Wireless Nation's Broadband Services for Consumers and Businesses

Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd. (GILT), a worldwide leader in satellite networking technology, solutions and services, today announced that Wireless Nation, a leading New Zealand ISP will be deploying Gilat's SkyEdge II VSATs powered by Optus's wholesale satellite services.

Wireless Nation is upgrading its broadband services for residential, SMEs, corporate and government customers. The ISP is focusing on remote areas that do not have access to high speed connectivity as well as suburban regions that do not have high speed DSL or fiber roll-out. Wireless Nation is using Optus's D2 satellite to provide nationwide coverage, providing higher speeds and bigger packages using Optus's SkyEdge II hub, located in Wellington.

The VSAT network is based on SkyEdge II WebEnhance and Accent terminals. WebEnhance provides excellent bandwidth efficiency together with high download rates of over 30Mbps. The Accent terminal supports both TDMA and SCPC return links for upstream throughput of over 20Mbps in SCPC mode, with a quick change to TDMA mode when lower rates are needed. Gilat's advanced quality of service support enables a wide variety of service packages, add-on data bundles and bonus features, all supported from a single system.

"Gilat's innovative technology enables us to offer affordable high-speed connectivity that has not been possible with our previous technologies," said Bill Smale Managing Director of Wireless Nation. "We are very impressed with the performance of the Gilat Technology coupled with the Optus D2 satellite network and feel it is a great leap forward from what has been previously available in New Zealand. We are very confident that there is a great future for this service in rural New Zealand and other parts of the country."

"We are happy to see New Zealand residents and businesses benefit from the advanced Internet services, that before were not possible," said Oded Sheshinski, Gilat's Regional Vice President-Asia Pacific. "We look forward to continuing to work with Optus to further expand satellite wholesale services in the Pacific region."

About Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd.

Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd (TASE:GILT) is a leading provider of products and services for satellite-based broadband communications. Gilat develops and markets a wide range of high-performance satellite ground segment equipment and VSATs, with an increasing focus on the consumer and Ka-band market. In addition, Gilat enables mobile Satellite-on-the-Move (SOTM) ( solutions providing low-profile antennas, next generation solid-state power amplifiers and modems. Gilat also provides managed network and satellite-based services for rural telephony and Internet access via its subsidiaries in Peru and Colombia.

With over 25 years of experience, and over a million products shipped to more than 85 countries, Gilat has provided enterprises, service providers and operators with efficient and reliable satellite-based connectivity solutions, including cellular backhaul, banking, retail, e-government and rural communication networks. Gilat also enables leading defense, public security and news organizations to implement advanced, on-the-move tactical communications on board their land, air and sea fleets using Gilat's high-performance SOTM solutions. For more information, please visit us at www.gilat.com

CONTACT:
Phil Carlson / Vincent G. Piazza, KCSA
pcarlson@kcsa.com / vpiazza@kcsa.com
1 (212) 896 1233 / 1289

Doron Elinav, Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd.
DoronE@gilat.com
(972) 3 925 2648

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