Gilat and Huawei Partnering to Deliver Cellular Backhaul Solution to a Leading Southeast Asian Mobile Network Operator

Gilat and Huawei Partnering to Deliver Cellular Backhaul Solution to a Leading
Southeast Asian Mobile Network Operator

PETAH TIKVA, Israel, Jan. 16, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Gilat Satellite
Networks Ltd. (Nasdaq:GILT), a worldwide leader in satellite networking
technology, solutions and services, today announced that it has signed an
agreement with Huawei for the delivery of its SkyAbis cellular backhaul
solution to a leading Southeast Asian Mobile Network Operator (MNO). As part
of the project, Gilat will supply and install a SkyEdge II hub, SkyEdge II Pro
VSATs, and related services including remote site installation. The majority
of the sites will replace older SCPC modems that are currently in use.

The SkyAbis network will support both 2G and 3G BTS/Node B sites as part of a
major upgrade to the Mobile Network Operator's nationwide cellular
infrastructure, and will provide improved bandwidth efficiency and higher
throughputs. The cellular backhaul solution enables the network operator to
significantly save on satellite capacity through the use of the SkyAbis
Dynamic Allocation Multiple Access (DAMA) capabilities which allocate
satellite capacity to the site, as and when required. This also enables the
operator to expand the network to additional sites, where previously it was
not economically feasible.

"We are pleased to be partnering with Huawei on such an advanced cellular
backhaul deployment," said Stephane Palomba, Regional VP for Asia, at Gilat
Satellite Networks. "As many MNOs are looking to extend their cellular
coverage to more remote locations, cellular backhaul via satellite is the
optimal solution for rapid, economical deployment."

Gilat is one of today's leading providers of cellular backhaul solutions,
supplying mobile operators around the world with satellite ground equipment
and services that enable them to increase ARPU and expand their reach into new
geographies, while rapidly complying with emerging government regulations.

Gilat's SkyAbis is a prepackaged solution for cellular backhaul, based on
Gilat's SkyEdge II multi-service platforms. 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, CDMA 2000 and UMTS backhaul, with
much higher space-segment efficiencies when compared to SCPC.

For more information regarding Gilat's cellular backhaul solutions please

About Gilat

Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd (Nasdaq:GILT) (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 mobileSOTM (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 the
United States, 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

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CONTACT: David Leichner
         Gilat Satellite Networks
         +1 516 478 9697

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