June 22, 2009 / 2:07 PM / 10 years ago

TEXT-Telikom PNG picks Gilat for broadband sat project

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

June 22 (Reuters) - Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd. (Nasdaq:GILT) today announced it has been selected by Telikom PNG Ltd. to provide a broadband satellite communications network covering hundreds of sites.

Telikom PNG is the government-owned telecommunications operator serving Papua New Guinea, a country with a population of more than six million.

Telikom PNG has chosen Gilat’s SkyEdge and SkyEdge II platforms for the project. Gilat’s SkyEdge platform will be used to deliver broadband Internet services to remote areas and to provide toll-quality telephony to rural citizens. As part of this deployment, a number of existing Gilat Dial@way sites will be upgraded to the SkyEdge platform.

Gilat’s SkyEdge II platform will serve the interactive data communicationsrequirements of enterprises in the financial services sector. Gilat has been providing Telikom PNG with VSAT-based networks for more than four years, meeting the country’s need for robust communications solutions in outlying towns and remote villages, many of which are accessible only by helicopter.

“Providing reliable telecom services across Papua New Guinea’s mountainous geography is a daunting task and Gilat has enabled us to successfully meet that challenge,” said Telikom PNG Chief Executive Officer, Peter Loko.

“Gilat’s advanced VSAT technology and dedicated customer support are key to the roll-out of communications services across the country. The deployment of SkyEdge II will now also enable us to extend our service offering to the corporate financial sector, providing high-performance services that meet the sector’s advanced application needs, thereby enhancing the commercial development of the country.”

Oded Sheshinski, Gilat’s Regional Vice President for Australia and the Pacific Rim, said, “Today’s announcement is the latest example of how Gilat is meeting the evolving connectivity requirements of its customers in some of the world’s most remote locations. We are pleased to assist Telikom PNG in improving the quality of life for Papua New Guinea’s citizens and driving the development of the country’s commercial sector by providing advanced satellite communicationstechnology.”

Gilat’s SkyEdge II is a high-performance satellite communications 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 provides significant advantages in bandwidth efficiency. The industry-standard DVB-S2 outbound channel supports advanced features such as 32APSK modulation and ACM adaptivity. The SkyEdge II inbound channel is based on the RCS standard, with additional enhancements such as 8PSK modulation, inbound adaptivity and customized QoS forbackhaul applications.

Gilat’s diverse portfolio of SkyEdge II VSATs are all supported by a unified platform, offering service providers the most suitableproduct for their application needs as well as the flexibility to evolve their networks.

Gilat’s SkyEdge is a satellite communications system that delivers high-quality voice, broadband data and video services over a powerful unified system. SkyEdge represents Gilat’s extensive knowledge base and field-proven product offering, acquired through two decades of experience.

SkyEdge’s flexible architecture and efficient space segment utilization make it an ideal platform for operators andservice providers. ikom PNG in improving thequality of life for Papua New Guinea’s citizens and driving the development ofthe country’s commercial sector by providing advanced satellite communicationstechnology.” Gilat’s SkyEdge II is a high-performance satellite communications platform,enabling the delivery of high-quality voice, broadband data and video servicesfor diverse environments including enterprises, rural networks, cellularbackhaul and government network applications. SkyEdge II provides significantadvantages in bandwidth efficiency. The industry-standard DVB-S2 outboundchannel supports advanced features such as 32APSK modulation and ACM adaptivity.The SkyEdge II inbound channel is based on the RCS standard, with additionalenhancements such as 8PSK modulation, inbound adaptivity and customized QoS forbackhaul applications. Gilat’s diverse portfolio of SkyEdge II VSATs are allsupported by a unified platform, offering service providers the most suitableproduct for their application needs as well as the flexibility to evolve theirnetworks. Gilat’s SkyEdge is a satellite communications system that delivers high-qualityvoice, broadband data and video services over a powerful unified system. SkyEdgerepresents Gilat’s extensive knowledge base and field-proven product offering,acquired through two decades of experience. SkyEdge’s flexible architecture andefficient space segment utilization make it an ideal platform for operators andservice providers.

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