PETAH TIKVA, Israel, Nov. 25, 2009 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd. (Nasdaq:GILT) today announced it is providing a Gilat SkyEdge II broadband satellite communications network covering more than 3,500 rural sites nationwide to Telefonica del Peru. Telefonica del Peru is a subsidiary of Telefonica Latinoamerica, one of Latin America's largest telecommunications operators serving tens of millions of customers in 15 countries.
As part of Telefonica del Peru's Universal Service Obligation, the SkyEdge II VSAT network will deliver broadband Internet services to remote areas of Peru, enabling citizens to benefit from email, fast web searches, streaming video content, e-commerce, and research related to health care, education and housing.
The network will also provide toll-quality telephony to rural populations, enabling them to stay in touch with friends and family worldwide. With optimized Voice-over-IP (VoIP) telephony, SkyEdge II assures voice quality, grade-of-service and efficiency for all telephony needs by guaranteeing bandwidth for the duration of the call and minimizing jitter to deliver toll-grade quality.
Telefonica companies have successfully deployed Gilat VSAT networks across Latin America for a wide variety of applications since 1997.
"For years, we have benefited from each new generation of Gilat VSAT satellite technology. As the latest generation, the highly efficient SkyEdge II platform helps us offer our customers the broadest range of communications services, at compelling economics," said Seneca De La Puente Estremadoyro, Director of Network Systems, Telefonica del Peru. "SkyEdge II is the latest example of how new technologies from Gilat enable us to deploy new service offerings, while ensuring long-term cost containment."
Russell Ribeiro, Gilat Regional Vice President, Latin America, "We are pleased to once again partner with one of Latin America's leading telcos to help improve the lives of rural consumers and help drive the development of businesses throughout the country. By taking advantage of our latest technology advancements, decades of VSAT expertise and local service and support, the region's telcos can continue to offer reliable broadband networking to their customers anywhere, at any time."
Deployment of the network for Telefonica del Peru is well underway. The new contract is part of Telefonica Latinoamerica's initiative to deploy broadband services to remote locations across the region. Gilat was selected as the supplier of broadband satellite communications networks for several Telefonica Latinoamerica subsidiaries.
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. The newest addition to Gilat's SkyEdge II portfolio is NetEdge, a dedicated solution for multi star networks, specifically designed to meet the needs of corporations and cellular backhaul applications.
About Telefonica Latinoamerica
Telefonica Latinoamerica is a wholly owned subsidiary of Spanish-based Telefonica. It offers mobile and fixed-line services in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Puerto Rico, Uruguay ,Venezuela and the United States. For more information, visit www.telefonica.com.
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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