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November 9th, 2016

Layer 2 Leapfrogging For LTE Velocity From Gilat Satellite Networks

Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd. (NASDAQ, TASE: GILT) is now delivering Layer 2 with GTP acceleration for true LTE speeds, as well as large scale networks operational efficiency.

Layer 2 functionality is now available for cellular backhaul and corporate connectivity applications and Gilat’s patent pending innovative GTP acceleration techniques provides 150 Mbps to the handset, that being on par with terrestrial performance. This technological breakthrough was selected by tier-1 MNOs in the US, UK and Japan to extend network coverage and for public safety applications, which propels satellite backhaul from a niche play to the mainstream. With this solution, Gilat is driving satellite cellular backhauling from the developing world to the developed world, and from rural areas to the metro-edge and metro networks.

These heterogeneous networks, comprised of of terrestrial and satellite backhauling, require simplified operational practices. Addressing this need, Gilat is the first to implement carrier grade Layer 2 with GTP acceleration, thus providing true LTE performance on large-scale networks.

According to Hagay Katz, the Head of the VSAT Line of Business at Gilat, that company has leapfrogged the conventional Layer 2 implementation by adding the ability to accelerate inside the LTE GTP Tunnel, as well as being IP transparent. This enables application of standard terrestrial operational practices to satellite networks, with a unique feature set provided by Gilat that includes Q-in-Q, Ethernet Virtual Connection based on the MEF standards, header compression to improve efficiency over the satellite link, and standard Layer 2 telemetries for performance management and fault management.