November 6, 2008
Gilat SkyEdge II Network Deployed in Bolivia By Major International Cellular Operator
Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd. (Nasdaq:GILT) today announced it has been chosen by a major international cellular operator to deploy a SkyAbis GSM cellular backhaul network in Bolivia. The new network, based on Gilat's SkyEdge II platform, enables the extension of network coverage to remote regions of the country where cellular connectivity was previously unavailable due to economic constraints.
Following the successful deployment of the initial phase of the new network which provides cellular backhaul services to 50 base station sites in the country, the operator is currently expanding the network to cover an additional 50 sites.
Gilat's SkyAbis is a prepackaged solution for cellular backhaul, based on the SkyEdge multi-service platform. The solution enables operators to deploy hybrid networks that extend the reach of their terrestrial and cellular infrastructure to remote communities. SkyAbis features traffic optimization and dynamic bandwidth allocation for GSM backhaul, with much higher space-segment efficiencies when compared to SCPC.
SkyEdge II provides significant advantages in bandwidth efficiency. The industry standard DVB-S2 outbound channel supports advanced features such as 32APSK modulation and ACM adaptivity. SkyEdge II can also scale to over 135Mbps for the outbound, thus servicing thousands of BTSs. The SkyEdge II inbound is based on the RCS standard, with additional enhancements such as 8PSK modulation, inbound adaptivity and customized QoS for backhaul applications.
Doron Elinav, Vice President Marketing for Gilat Network Systems, Gilat, said, "Satellite backhaul for cellular networks is an important market for Gilat and SkyEdge II brings new benefits for the end-to-end SkyAbis solution. SkyAbis provides mobile network operators a faster return on investment enabling them to reach more subscribers and untapped markets."
Russell Ribeiro, Gilat Network Systems' regional vice president, Latin America, said, "The successful deployment of the first phase of this network, led to the request to expand the network, and that clearly indicates the benefits of Gilat's end-to-end cellular backhaul solution - enabling operators to provide cellular service to remote regions in a most competitive way."
SkyEdge II adds new capabilities to Gilat's industry-leading SkyEdge family of VSAT products. Gilat's SkyEdge portfolio enables the delivery of high-quality voice, broadband data and video services. SkyEdge represents Gilat's extensive knowledge base and field-proven product offering, acquired through two decades of experience. SkyEdge's flexible architecture and efficient space segment utilization make it an ideal platform for operators and service providers. With Gilat's comprehensive SkyEdge portfolio, service providers can choose the most suitable product for their application needs.
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 ("GNS"), which is a provider of network systems and associated professional services to service providers and operators worldwide; (ii) Spacenet Inc., which provides managed services in North America for businesses and governments through its Connexstar service brand and for consumers through its StarBand service brand; (iii) Spacenet Rural Communications, which offers 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 the SkyEdge (TM) and SkyEdge II Product Family which includes the SkyEdge Pro, SkyEdge IP, SkyEdge Call, SkyEdge DVB-RCS and SkyEdge Gateway. In addition, the Company markets numerous other legacy products.
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