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April 5th, 2012

Gilat's Sky Edge II VSAT In Mexico... Si!

[SatNews] This solution is designed to allow Televisa to improve the control and monitoring of its remote stations.

Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd. (NASDAQ: GILT) today announced that Mexico's largest commercial television broadcaster Grupo Televisa, S.A.B., has selected its Sky Edge II VSAT network for Televisa’s private communication network across Mexico. The network will be used by Televisa as part of a comprehensive monitoring project, enabling remote access and providing local content distribution to Televisa’s TV broadcast stations located throughout Mexico.

Gilat's SkyEdge II network will enable the transmission of multicast content (TFTP and FTP) such as ads and public messages to remote stations, which is then inserted to the regional broadcast. This will allow Televisa to take advantage of incremental opportunities by quickly updating its content and taking advantage of the IP broadcasting features this technology offers.

In addition, Gilat's solution is designed to allow Televisa to improve the control and monitoring of its remote stations, including fault and troubleshooting of its content provisioning systems, such as enabling real-time feedback of quality control for its systems. The solution will enable Televisa to significantly enhance operational efficiencies and improve service to the advertisement customers. The network will also enable support staff in remote stations the use of Telephony-over-IP services to communicate directly with their centers.

"In deploying a solution that allowed us to overhaul our multi-cast content provisioning, it was critical that we were able to select a solution that is robust and provides consistent and reliable performance. Delivering the service over satellite was a natural choice, and Gilat's platform offered us the carrier-class reliability and the expertise that was imperative in our selection criteria," said William Hommy Aguirre Ballesteros, General Manager, Satellite Operations, Grupo Televisa.

“Televisa is one of the world's largest TV broadcasters and a growing force in the region's telecommunications sector, and we are excited to be selected as their trusted partner. With our SkyEdge II advanced routing features, the system was integrated with Televisa's broadcast infrastructure, providing robust and reliable communications. The system’s scalability and reliability will allow us to best support the Group today and well into the future," said Russell Ribeiro, Gilat’s Regional Vice-President of Latin America.

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 adaptability for both the inbound and outbound channels, it provides higher performance that serves the growing requirements of end-users.