Telikom PNG Selects Gilat Satellite Networks to Provide a Broadband Satellite Communications Network Covering Hundreds of Sites

Telikom PNG Selects Gilat for Broadband Satellite Communications Project

Project Includes SkyEdge II High Performance VSAT Platform to Serve Papua New Guinea’s Financial Sector

Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd. (Nasdaq:GILT – News) 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 communications requirements 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 communications technology.”

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 for backhaul applications. 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.

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 and service providers.

About Telikom PNG

Telikom PNG is a government-owned company that, with its subsidiaries, provides public telecommunication services in Papua New Guinea. For more information, visit

About Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd.

Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd. (Nasdaq:GILT – News) 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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