March 29, 2007 / 3:02 PM / 12 years ago

TEXT-Gilat Satellite gets European retail chain deal

(The following was reported by Israel’s Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd. (GILT.O) (GILT.TA)):

March 29 - Gilat Satellite Networks, Ltd. (Nasdaq:GILT), announced that it has provided a broadband satellite network which includes more than 3,000 VSATs for deployment at one of Europe’s large retail chains.

The network, based on Gilat’s SkyEdge Pro VSATs, will enable cost-effective and reliable broadband communications to be provided to thousands of the chain’s stores located in European countries.

The network will be used for Point of Sale (POS) applications, ATM services and video and audio streaming.

As part of this deal, Gilat’s SkyEdge Pro VSATs are embedded with multi-media cards which will enable digital signage applications such as broadcasted targeted advertisements and in-store music to the chain’s stores.

Based on IPTV technology, this solution provides efficient audio/video multicasting, including advanced video standards such as MPEG-4 and multi-language support for the chain’s different country locations.

Aharon Fuchs, Gilat’s regional vice president, Europe said “Gilat’s SkyEdge was the preferred choice because of its ability to deliver multiple, high-value applications to the customer on a unified and powerful system. The embedded IPTV capability was of particular importance for the chain, giving it the flexibility of providing localized targeted advertising and in-store music to suit consumers in different regions, while still maintaining the corporation’s brand and image.”

Gilat’s SkyEdge is a satellite communications platform that delivers high quality voice, broadband data and video services over a powerful unified system.

The platform represents Gilat’s deep knowledge base and field-proven product offering, acquired through nearly two decades of experience. SkyEdge’s flexible architecture and efficient space segment utilization make it an ideal platform for operators and service providers.

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