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Petah Tikva, Israel, January 14, 2010: Gilat Satellite Networks, Ltd. (NASDAQ: GILT) announced today that its SkyEdge II DVB-RCS VSAT has received the SatLabs Group Certificate of Compliance.

Gilat is the first vendor to receive the latest version 1.3 certification, which comprises an enhanced feature set, including DVB-S2 at the forward channel, as well as advanced Quality of Service for interactive prioritization of voice, video and data.

The new certification further endorses Gilat's SkyEdge II high-performance VSAT technology, confirming its fulfillment of the DVB-RCS standard and opening the option to interoperate with other DVB-RCS based satellite equipment. Digital Video Broadcast Return Channel via Satellite (DVB-RCS) is an open ETSI standard for two way communication defining an optimized return channel supported by multiple VSATs and hub system suppliers.

"It is an important phase within the SatLabs Qualification Program to have Gilat, a leading VSAT provider, once again prove its commitment to the DVB-RCS standard by successfully completing our new compliance phase," said Xavier Lobao, Chairman of the SatLabs Group. "DVB-RCS has matured over the past two years and is now mandated by the U.S. DoD and many governments and institutions around the globe. It is also a commercial success with nearly 300 deployed networks. As an active member in the standardization of RCS, Gilat has leveraged its vast experience in the industry to influence the development of a most efficient and technologically-advanced standardized Return Channel."

Gilat was one of the first vendors to successfully receive the DVB-RCS compliance certification for its satellite communications platform, SkyEdge™, in October 2005 from the SatLabs group. Since then, Gilat's VSATs have been widely deployed using the DVB-RCS standard.

Gai Berkovich, Gilat Network Systems' Vice President of Research and Development, said, "We are pleased to have successfully completed the SatLabs DVB-RCS qualification process for our SkyEdge II platform. Open standards are of key importance in the industry and Gilat has an advantage in this field with its experience in using the DVB-RCS standard."

Gilat's SkyEdge II is a multi-service 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 is a standards-based system using DVB-S2 and DVB-RCS. With better efficiencies and full adaptivity for both the inbound and outbound channels, it provides higher performance that serves the growing requirements of end-users.

Gilat's diverse portfolio of SkyEdge II VSATs are all supported by a unified platform, offering service providers the most suitable product for their application needs as well as the flexibility to evolve their networks. The newest addition to Gilat's SkyEdge II portfolio is NetEdge™, a dedicated solution for multi star networks, specifically designed to meet the needs of corporations and cellular backhaul applications.

About Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd.
Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd. (Nasdaq: GILT) is a leading provider of products and services for satellite-based communications networks. The Company operates under three business units: (i) Gilat Network Systems, a provider of network systems and associated professional services to service providers and operators worldwide; (ii) Spacenet Inc., a provider of managed services in North America to the business and government segments; and (iii) Spacenet Rural Communications, a provider of rural telephony and Internet access solutions to remote areas primarily in Latin America.

Gilat was founded in 1987 and has shipped over 750,000 Very Small Aperture Terminals (VSATs) to more than 85 countries across six continents. Gilat’s headquarters is located in Petah Tikva, Israel. The Company has 16 sales and service offices worldwide. Gilat markets a full line of high-performance VSATs under the SkyEdge ™ and SkyEdge II Product Family.

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