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H-E-B extends networking services contract with Spacenet and adds new advanced network management services
[September 28, 2006]

H-E-B extends networking services contract with Spacenet and adds new advanced network management services


MCLEAN, Va. --(Business Wire)-- Spacenet Inc. today announced that it has signed a five-year enterprise networking services contract with H-E-B. In addition to providing satellite connectivity to all Texas based H-E-B retail stores, Spacenet is also providing its SmartCare(TM) enterprise-grade network management services.



Spacenet has provided services, including private hub network services, to H-E-B since 1988. H-E-B's new VSAT network utilizes Spacenet's Connexstar SE Enterprise Partition (EP) service, which provides a partitioned central hub infrastructure and dedicated network bandwidth for a secure private network for selected retail locations. The upgraded satellite network supports POS polling, back-office applications, multicasting and pharmacy fulfillment.

Spacenet is also providing its advanced SmartCare managed network services, which deliver advanced network monitoring, management and performance measurement services to enhance network reliability and security. As part of the service, Spacenet will proactively monitor and respond to problem resolution issues to provide maximum performance and reliability for critical applications.


H-E-B CIO Gavin Gallagher said, "H-E-B demands the best and most reliable in IT infrastructure to serve our customers. Over the years, Spacenet has proven itself as a reliable and professional business partner, and we look forward to our continued relationship with the implementation of this upgrade contract. The new features of the Connexstar SE and Enterprise Partition services are an ideal fit for our network requirements and will further enhance our business operations. H-E-B is leveraging our existing investment to cost-effectively add even more value to our network with Spacenet's SmartCare network management services. We trust that Spacenet's outstanding performance as a service provider will continue to provide the successful results that we require."

Spacenet's CEO Andreas Georghiou said, "Spacenet is delighted to extend our network services contract with H-E-B and continue building on our business relationship that began more than 15 years ago. With the upgrade to Spacenet's Enterprise Partition service, H-E-B will benefit from increased quality and reliability as well as more flexibility at a much lower cost than a private hub. In addition, the new Connexstar SE services based on the SkyEdge platform will add new advanced functionality and features, improving H-E-B's network performance."

About H-E-B

For more than 100 years, H-E-B has been an innovative retailer. Known for its fresh food, quality products and convenient services, H-E-B strives to provide the best customer experience at every day low prices. Based in San Antonio, H-E-B employs more than 60,000 Partners and serves millions of customers in more than 150 communities throughout Texas and Mexico. For more information about H-E-B, please visit www.heb.com.

About Spacenet(R)

Founded in 1981, Spacenet Inc. is a leading provider of wireless and hybrid terrestrial broadband services for enterprise, government and home/small office customers in the United States and worldwide and serves nearly 100,000 network endpoints. Spacenet's services include its Connexstar(TM) commercial-grade WAN solutions designed for retail, energy, financial services, hospitality and government customers, as well as its StarBand(R) Internet access service, the pioneer in two-way direct-to-home broadband VSAT services. Spacenet also provides specialized VSAT-based solutions for disaster recovery, business continuity, remote and mobile communications needs. Spacenet is based in McLean, Virginia, and operates its own end-to-end services infrastructure including network management, field services and teleport facilities in Washington, D.C.; Atlanta, Georgia; and Chicago, Illinois. Spacenet is a wholly owned subsidiary of Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd. (NASDAQ:GILT). Visit Spacenet at www.spacenet.com.

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