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January 14th, 2015

Gilat Satellite Terminal Gets The OK From O3b Networks

[SatNews] Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd. (NASDAQ, TASE: GILT) has announced that O3b Networks has certified Gilat's SkyEdge II meoEdge high-performance MEO/O3b satellite terminal for use over its growing constellation of satellites.

O3b successfully launched four more satellites in December of 2014 to meet market demand and complement the eight that are already in orbit serving customers in Africa, the Middle East, the Pacific and Latin America.
With data rates of up to 48Mbps over the O3b constellation, Gilat's meoEdge satellite terminal—part of the SkyEdge II family of products—is especially suited for cellular backhauling, oil and gas platform connectivity and trunking applications. The meoEdge is the only TDMA terminal certified for O3b and is also unique in its ability to switch to SCPC—on the fly. The certification tests conducted by O3b verified seamless operation during handovers between satellites, with no packet loss.

"We are happy to announce the certification of the meoEdge satellite terminal, which was developed by our long-term friend and technology partner, Gilat Satellite Networks. Gilat is helping us pioneer MEO communications worldwide, especially in the Cellular Backhaul and Oil and Gas markets, where it has demonstrated particular expertise," said John Finney, O3b's Chief Commercial Officer. "Gilat supplies our only TDMA-based solution and has the capability to be a full turnkey integrator for O3b networks, when necessary. Additionally, Gilat is unique in its ability to provide hub operations services to our joint customers."

The Gilat Satellite Networks infosite may be accessed at http://www.gilat.com/SkyEdge-II-meoEdge  for additional information.

Further information regarding O3b Networks may be viewed at http://www.o3bnetworks.com/