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Telefonica International Wholesale Services (TIWS) selects Gilat for broadband and cellular backhaul project in Argentina

(15 July 2020 - Gilat Satellite Networks) Gilat Satellite Networks has been selected by Telefonica International Wholesale Services (TIWS), a subsidiary of Telefonica Group, for a satellite communication project in Argentina including rural broadband services and cellular backhaul.

Gilat's expertise and presence complemented by its local partner, Planex, enabled fast delivery during these challenging times imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Gilat's SkyEdge II-c multi-service platform was selected due to its ability to adjust to the technical / business needs of the project. For the current project in Argentina, Gilat was able to adapt to TIWS requirements in record time. Obstacles stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic were overcome and delivery of the SkyEdge II-c hub and 1700 VSATs was supplied in a couple of weeks.

Gilat provides a significant advantage in Latin America, due to its local presence and expertise, as well as strong established local partnerships and past investments, thus accelerating time to market and reducing risk.

"Gilat is a long-time regional player and supplier of TIWS and we are pleased with their fast delivery in Argentina, with the support of their local partner, Planex, particularly during this pandemic," said Gustavo Arditti, Satellite Business Unit Director, TIWS. "'TIWS will deploy Gilat's platform to serve our needs for both rural broadband as well as cellular backhauling over satellite."

“We are delighted to have been selected by TIWS to quickly provide the required hub and VSAT equipment answering specific requirements and overcoming challenges imposed by the current pandemic," said Tobias Dezordi, Regional Vice President Latin America at Gilat. "This deal demonstrates Gilat's readiness to support Telefonica's teams of excellence worldwide to tackle their global requirements."

About Telefónica International Wholesale Services (TIWS)

Telefónica International Wholesale Services (TIWS) delivers world-class international services and platforms to multinational companies, wholesale carriers, fixed and mobile operators, OTTs, service providers and aggregators. Offering a global footprint, with particularly strong presence in Europe and Latin America, we provide our customers with high quality connectivity, digital platforms and a wide range of innovative solutions.

Our global service portfolio includes Voice & UCC, Networking, Mobile, Satellite, Cloud, Security and IoT & Big Data. TIWS is owned by Telefonica.

About Telefonica

Telefónica is one the largest telecommunications service providers in the world. The company offers fixed and mobile connectivity as well as a wide range of digital services for residential and business customers. With 344 million customers, Telefónica operates in Europe and Latin America.

Telefónica is a 100% listed company and its shares are traded on the Spanish Stock Market and on those in New York and Lima.

About Gilat

Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd. (NASDAQ: GILT, TASE: GILT) is a leading global provider of satellite-based broadband communications. With 30 years of experience, we design and manufacture cutting-edge ground segment equipment, and provide comprehensive solutions and end-to-end services, powered by our innovative technology. Delivering high value competitive solutions, our portfolio comprises of a cloud based VSAT network platform, high-speed modems, high performance on-the-move antennas and high efficiency, high power Solid State Amplifiers (SSPA) and Block Upconverters (BUC).

Gilat’s comprehensive solutions support multiple applications with a full portfolio of products to address key applications including broadband access, cellular backhaul, enterprise, in-flight connectivity, maritime, trains, defense and public safety, all while meeting the most stringent service level requirements. Gilat controlling shareholders are the FIMI Private Equity Funds.