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Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd. (GILT) Spacenet Releases Enhanced Suite Of Integrated Wi-Fi Services

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Gilat Satellite Networks, a leader in satellite networking technology, solutions, and services across the globe, announced today that its wholly owned subsidiary Spacenet, a prominent supplier of managed network and data security services, has released a significantly improved package of integrated Wi-Fi services. Spacenet's Tiered Wi-Fi services allow retailers to choose the level of services required for their specific purposes through a centralized approach to in-store Wi-Fi.

Spacenet Tiered Wi-Fi services assist retailers in delivering fast, reliable, accessible and secure Wi-Fi services throughout each store in all facets of implementation, including basic planning, installation, comprehensive management, monitoring, maintenance, and security services. The integrated approach that Spacenet offers allows the retailer to benefit from a full-featured Wi-Fi service while delivering a uniform, enhanced Guest Wi-Fi in every story.

"Analysts estimate that Wi-Fi will account for nearly half of total network access by 2015 so it's crucial that retailers develop an integrated and secure Wi-Fi strategy," said Spacenet CEO Glenn Katz. "Wi-Fi helps retailers run stores more efficiently and with greater flexibility. Today consumers expect Wi-Fi access and look to retailers to empower their mobile devices to help them make easier and smarter purchases.

"As a managed network services provider our job is to make Wi-Fi implementation and management an integrated part of the retailer's overall network strategy, while maintaining network security. We've deployed and integrated thousands of Wi-Fi nodes for our retail customers, and one thing is abundantly clear: Providing a single point-of-contact for the WAN, LAN and WLAN allows the retailer to provide its customers with a secure, reliable and consistent guest Wi-Fi experience. This intelligently integrated approach takes the worry out of Wi-Fi deployment," concluded Mr. Katz.

Spacenet Tiered Wi-Fi services are offered in the following levels:

• Spacenet Rogue Wi-Fi Detection Services. PCI DSS standards include requirements for securing retailer-provided wireless technologies. However, PCI compliance also requires retailers NOT operating Wi-Fi services to periodically scan their networks for rogue Wi-Fi devices that may have been surreptitiously deployed within their stores. Whether or not the retailer provides guest Wi-Fi, Spacenet Rogue Wi-Fi Detection services provide the tools and techniques to detect and report rogue Wi-Fi devices on the network to support PCI compliance.

• Spacenet Wi-Fi Professional Services include installation of access points to ensure secure access, enhanced coverage, a more rewarding guest Wi-Fi experience, configuration management, as well as ongoing monitoring of the service. As part of the on-site installation, a heat map detailing optimal coverage throughout the store is created.

• Spacenet Wi-Fi Premium Services include all the features of Rogue Wi-Fi Detection services and Wi-Fi Professional Services, and adds Wi-Fi deployment pre-planning, monitoring of surrounding access points, trouble alerts, and PCI Reporting.

• Spacenet's Data Analytics Package is optional and provides an in-depth view of shopper metrics. The Data Analytics package bridges the gap between retailer knowledge of an on-line customer and the lack of knowledge of a traditional "brick and mortar" customer by monitoring inside and outside traffic levels (opportunity), engagement, bounce rate, loyalty, and other typical customer behavior metrics. By adding this option, retailers can augment the data they are already collecting from their e-commerce and mobile platforms for a more complete view of omni-channel shopping behavior.

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