Network to provide Internet access to schools and services for enterprise and defense-related entities across the country
Petah Tikva, Israel, December 11, 2014 — Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd. (NASDAQ, TASE: GILT), a worldwide leader in satellite networking technology, solutions and services, announced today that systems integrator OpenSky ordered an initial VSAT network for ANTEL, the state-owned telecommunications company of Uruguay.
ANTEL intends to use its new VSAT network to provide Internet access to schools as well as services for enterprise and defense-related entities across the country. The order – for a fully-redundant SkyEdge II hub and 250 remote sites operating in Ku- and C-band, including installation, training and 36 months of extended SatCare support – is scheduled for roll-out in the fourth quarter of 2014.
“We have been working with ANTEL since 2007 on a variety of projects and, in that time, have managed to gain their trust,” said Martin Villalba, CEO of OpenSky. “We were looking for a technologically strong satellite platform provider to meet a very demanding set of needs. Gilat was the logical choice.”
“Our cooperation with OpenSky has opened up an entirely new market for us,” added Erez Antebi, Gilat’s CEO. “With this initial network in place, OpenSky is well positioned to offer additional satellite communications solutions.”
About OpenSky OpenSky is a telecommunications systems integrator operating in Uruguay. It provides turnkey solutions to the corporate, defense and carrier markets and products for optical and wireless network access, testing and infrastructure.
About ANTEL Established in 1971, ANTEL is the state-owned telecommunications company of Uruguay. With an overall market share of approximately 50% and a broadband market share of approximately 100%, it owns and operates a digital telecommunications network extending throughout the country. The company provides mobile telephony, fixed telephony, data and Internet services.
About Gilat Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd (NASDAQ, 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 SOTM (Satellite-on-the-Move) 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
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