PETAH TIKVA, Israel, Feb. 7, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd. (Nasdaq:GILT), a worldwide leader in satellite networking technology, solutions and services, today announced it has been selected by Nelco Ltd., a division of the TATA Group, and Bharti Airtel Ltd., to provide secured satellite-based communications as the primary mode of connectivity for up to 30,000 ATM sites across India. The contract is part of India's Ministry of Finance ATM initiative aimed at making financial services accessible to a greater audience across India, regardless of income, with the deployment of thousands of new ATM sites nationwide. Under the agreement, Gilat will provide the VSATs to the selected service providers who will deploy the first 15,000 SkyEdge satellite broadband terminals in 2013, with expected growth of up to 30,000 sites by middle of 2014. "With over 100,000 satellite terminals in operation across India today through various licensed service providers, Gilat is a veteran provider of satellite broadband communications in the country, and a leading provider of VSAT solutions for the local banking and finance industry," said Stephane Palomba, Regional VP of Asia, Gilat Satellite Networks. "Our SkyEdge solution has gained the local market's vote of confidence for offering uncontended reliability, security and cost efficiency – all of which are critical components of a robust banking infrastructure. We look forward to working with Bharti and Nelco on this high profile initiative. Gilat's unique 'embedded Dual IPsec' functionality enables simultaneous processing over two 'end-to-end' IPsec tunnels allowing for the automatic switching of transaction data to disaster recovery sites, without any need for external equipment and without additional capital expense. About Nelco Nelco Ltd. (a Tata enterprise), a part of the US$83Bn Tata Group, started in 1940 as a revolutionary electronics company. It has many firsts to its name and has today reinvented itself from the ground up. Nelco has aligned its businesses and set for itself new goals. Nelco is focused on helping its enterprise and government customers unlock potential by offering solutions in the areas of Integrated Security & Surveillance, VSAT connectivity (Tatanet VSAT), Managed Services, Satcom Projects and Meteorological Solutions. For more information, please visit http://www.nelcoin.com . About Bharti Airtel Bharti Airtel Limited is a leading global telecommunications company with operations in 20 countries across Asia and Africa. Headquartered in New Delhi, India, the company ranks amongst the top 4 mobile service providers globally in terms of subscribers. In India, the company's product offerings include 2G, 3G and 4G wireless services, mobile commerce, fixed line services, high speed DSL broadband, IPTV, DTH, enterprise services including national & international long distance services to carriers. In the rest of the geographies, it offers 2G, 3G wireless services and mobile commerce. Bharti Airtel had over 264 million customers across its operations at the end of October 2012. To know more please visit, www.airtel.com About Gilat 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 the United States, Peru and Colombia.