Australia's Optus selects Gilat for broadband satellite network expansion

December 11, 2007

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PETAH TIKVA, Israel -- Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd. (Nasdaq:GILT - News) today announced that Optus, an Australian leader in integrated communications is expanding its network with two additional SkyEdge satellite hub stations and thousands of VSATs. SkyEdge VSAT technology will provide cost-effective connectivity to regions in Australia which otherwise would not be able to benefit from broadband Internet services.

The SkyEdge platform can serve tens of thousands of subscribers, providing high-speed IP connectivity with excellent space segment efficiency. Advanced features such as embedded Internet acceleration enables Optus to provide the user experience subscribers demand at a cost they can afford.

Optus deployed one of the first SkyEdge networks and has since expanded it several times. With this latest expansion, Optus will operate one of the world's largest Gilat satellite hub installations comprising more than 20,000 Gilat VSATs to serve a wide range of corporate, government and residential customers.

Paul Sheridan, Head of Optus Satellite said Optus is pleased to be working with Gilat to meet the challenges of building a scalable network infrastructure that supports the Australian Government's broadband scheme.

“Optus is an experienced Australian satellite operator with a successful track record in delivering broadband services to customers throughout rural, regional and remote Australia who rely on satellite for their communication services. Optus has been recognized again by the Australian Government through its approval to participate in the Australian Broadband Guarantee (ABG) program,” Mr. Sheridan said.

Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd. (Nasdaq: GILT)

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