Luxembourg / Israel, April 16, 2014 - SES Broadband Services and Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd. (NASDAQ: GILT) today announced the expansion of consumer Ka-band services to Germany and Italy over SES’s ASTRA 2E satellite.
SBBS’s ISPs have recently started offering the satellite broadband service on Gilat’s SkyEdge II-c platform, providing up to 20 Mbit/s and Voice-over-IP services to private households and small businesses across Germany and Italy over SES’s ASTRA 2E satellite. The ASTRA 2E satellite, which entered into the commercial service in the orbital arc of 28.2 degrees East on February 1, 2014, enables the delivery of next generation broadcast and broadband services in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
"We are continuously enhancing our service offerings by providing satellite internet services across Europe at speeds comparable to standard terrestrial and terrestrial wireless networks such as DSL, cable, and LTE technologies,” said Patrick Biewer, Managing Director of SBBS. "Gilat's advanced VSAT technology, featuring high data rates and cost effective terminal technology, allows us to further optimize our service proposition for the end-consumer market and to increase the competitive advantage of our satellite-based Internet service Astra Connect."
"Together with SBBS, we continue the expansion of broadband services across Europe with the ASTRA 2E satellite over Germany and Italy using Gilat's SkyEdge II-c platform," said Erez Antebi, Gilat's CEO. "Gilat's innovative technology helped to set a new price performance level in the consumer and Small Office/ Home Office (SoHo) market. We look forward to continuing to work with SBBS in further expansions in Europe, Middle East and Africa."
About SES Broadband Services
SES Broadband Services, a 100% owned affiliate of the satellite operator SES (NYSE Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG), provides high-speed broadband solutions via satellite. The SES Broadband service was introduced in 2007 and is marketed via distribution partners in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. In Europe the service is marketed under the brand name Astra Connect.
The service offers a unique opportunity to individuals, businesses and communities to access the internet independent of any terrestrial infrastructure. SES Broadband Services is technically available across the entire fleet of SES and able to support Triple Play services combining broadband access with Voice over IP (VoIP) telephony and TV reception.
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 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 www.gilat.com
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Name: Tovy Habbah
Gilat Satellite Networks