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Gilat Deploys Turnkey Satellite Network for Lottery in North Africa

/ Source: GlobeNewswire

PETAH TIKVA, Israel, Sept. 21, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd. (Nasdaq:GILT) announced today that it has completed the deployment of a new VSAT network for lottery in a North African country. The lottery operator chose Gilat to provide a turnkey solution for connecting between their central processing system and remote lottery terminals located throughout the country.

This network was provided by Gilat as a turnkey solution which involved all aspects of the network equipment deployment along with the initial operation of the network. This was in accordance with Gilat's Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) offering, giving the customer a longer period for preparation before engaging in the network operation.

Gilat's satellite-based solution provides the necessary high-availability for the online operation of the remote lottery terminals. In addition, the network can be established within a short timeframe and is a proven, cost-effective communications platform for conducting lottery transactions.

Despite the difficult accessibility and remoteness of many of the locations, Gilat completed the installation of the entire network including 2 hubs and over 1000 VSATs within less than two months.

"Gilat was able to rapidly allocate skilled and experienced project managers and hub operators in the field making it possible for us to have the primary hub installed in less than a week," said Jaron Lotan, Gilat's Chief Operating Officer. "The first 900 sites were installed in less than 30 days throughout a region spanning around 2,500 kilometers."

This deployment follows Gilat's recent announcements of new network deployments in Africa, including the April 2010 announcement of 2,500 site multinational broadband satellite network for lottery in West Africa.

About Gilat

Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd. is a leading provider of products and professional services for satellite-based broadband communications networks worldwide. 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. Gilat's wholly-owned subsidiary, Spacenet Inc., is a leading provider of managed services in North America to the business and government segments. Visit Gilat at .

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