PETAH TIKVA, Israel, Feb. 5, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd. (Nasdaq:GILT), a worldwide leader in satellite networking technology, solutions and services, today announced it has been selected by ALEF Soluciones Integrales (ALEF), a leading provider of integrated information technology solutions, and GSAT Comunicaciones (GlobalSat), one of Mexico's largest satellite service providers, to deploy over 7,000 SkyEdge VSATs in support of the Mexican government new 'SCT 10K' service.

The 'SCT 10K' service is a Ministry of Communication and Transportation initiative to provide thousands of rural classrooms and government offices with satellite-based broadband Internet connectivity.

"Gilat and ALEF have a long standing relationship. Their faultless execution of previous projects, coupled with our familiarity of the integration capabilities and performance of the SkyEdge platform, allowed us the confidence to select Gilat as a premier vendor for this important national initiative," said Angel Ruiz, ALEF's General Manager.

Within less than four weeks of the award and in support of ALEF's aggressive deployment schedule, Gilat has delivered and installed a new hub at the GlobalSat teleport in Tijuana.

"With a strong track record in supporting numerous government initiatives of this scale worldwide, Gilat's commitment for a rapid and reliable deployment of the project was a major consideration in the award of this contract," said Eric Cataño, GlobalSat's General Manager.

As part of the project, Gilat will be deploying its SkyEdge WebEnhance VSAT, providing data rates of up to 2 Mbps. WebEnhance features upgradeable, high-capacity memory and is particularly suited for e-Education programs where broadband connectivity is required to be cost-efficiently delivered to multiple PC environments.

"Satellite-based communication is proving a fundamental part of any government initiative to promote the advancement of public access to communication," said Russell Ribeiro, Regional Vice President Latin America at Gilat. "Whether it's Internet access for rural classrooms or allowing citizens a broader range of government services, governments are looking for a solution that is both cost effective and easy to deploy. We are proud to be repeatedly selected for our ability to provide both with excellence."

About ALEF

ALEF is a leading provider of integrated information technology solutions to the Mexican market, primarily to the government sector. For more information please visit

About GlobalSat

GlobalSat delivers advanced connectivity solutions to corporations and small businesses throughout Mexico, deploying satellite technology and on-demand services. GlobalSat´s alliances with IBM, INTELSAT, Gilat and SpaceNet have contributed to its solid growth within the Mexican telecommunications sector. For more information please visit

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 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 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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David Leichner
Gilat Satellite Networks
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