PETAH TIKVA, Israel, May 30, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd. (Nasdaq:GILT), a worldwide leader in satellite networking technology, solutions and services, today announced that it received the "VSAT Provider of the Year Award" at a gala dinner held Tuesday night at the Sandton Sun Hotel during the SatCom Africa 2013 conference in Johannesburg, South Africa. For over a quarter century and with over a million products shipped to more than 85 countries, Gilat has provided enterprises, service providers and operators with efficient and reliable satellite-based connectivity solutions for consumers and enterprises, cellular backhaul for mobile operators, banking and retail solutions, rural communication networks and e-government. Earlier in the year, Gilat launched to market its ground-breaking SkyEdge II-c platform, the New Simple in Internet Connectivity. SkyEdge II-c supports Ka-band and Ku-band internet services for both consumer and enterprise applications, including fast web browsing, video streaming, IPTV, VoIP and other bandwidth-intensive services. "We are very honored to receive the 'VSAT Provider of the Year Award' and proud to see the impact our products have and continue to make around the globe," said Erez Antebi, CEO of Gilat Satellite Networks. "Our SkyEdge VSATs are providing the communications infrastructure that enables millions of students around the world to receive the education they deserve, rural communities the communication they need, remote customers the banking and finance services they need and enterprises the reach to better serve their customers. We look forward to many years to come of providing the technology and infrastructure needed to connect the dots around globe." The criteria for the VSAT Provider of the Year Award included the number of terminals delivering services, rate of growth, amount of bandwidth deployed, variety of sectors serviced and services available. 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.