PETAH TIKVA, Israel and HEM, France, April 30, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd. (Nasdaq:GILT) (TASE:GILT), a worldwide leader in satellite networking technology, solutions and services, and France-based NordNet, a subsidiary of France Telecom and one of Europe's largest satellite broadband ISPs, announced today the commercial deployment of Gilat's Ka-band VSATs in support of SES Broadband Services' (SBBS) Ka-band consumer service rollout. "We are very excited with the service take-up so far which allows us to provide our customers with a true alternative to low-end DSL," said Francis Piet, CEO of NordNet. "We are proud to have made the promise of affordable, high-end broadband services a reality for many French households and Gilat is helping us to get there." Gilat's award winning SkyEdge II-c "Aries" VSAT provides up to 20Mbps HTTP on download and 2Mbps on upload, offering one of the fastest broadband-over-satellite services currently available in France. With Aries, French households who lack high-quality DSL services will be able to benefit from considerably faster Internet speeds, allowing them to take full advantage of all triple-play services. "We are very happy to be working with NordNet as they roll out the SBBS service in France. The Aries VSAT was designed from the bottom up to support the stringent requirements of residential broadband – offering reliable high-speed data rates with quick and intuitive self-installation features and automatic service activation," said Erez Antebi, CEO at Gilat. "The strong initial demand for the service is a testament to the growing place of broadband-over-satellite as a viable communication resource for households." About NordNet Since 1995, NordNet provides a wide range of Internet solutions for private and professional use. The company, a subsidiary of France Telecom, has gradually developed its expertise in the field of Internet and integrated solutions. For more information www.nordnet.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.