MELVILLE, N.Y. Comtech EF Data Corp., part of Comtech Telecommunications Corp.’s (NASDAQ:CMTL) Commercial Solutions segment in Tempe, Arizona, won a multi-million dollar infrastructure equipment order from global satellite operator Telesat at Ottawa International Airport, Canada, to support Telesat’s multi-gigabit enhanced connectivity solutions for remote communities in Canada’s Far North.
The order specified Comtech EF Data’s CDM-760 Advanced High-Speed Trunking and Broadcast Modem and the FX Series WAN Optimization by its subsidiary Memotec. The CDM-760 Advanced High-Speed Trunking and Broadcast Modem is a high-throughput, point-to-point trunking and broadcast modem, while Memotec offers voice and data optimization in mobile networks and the FX Series delivers IP packet optimization and traffic shaping capabilities, officials say.
Telesat will combine the performance of Ka-band, high-throughput satellite (HTS) spot beams aboard its new Telstar 19 VANTAGE satellite, scheduled to launch mid-2018, with Comtech EF Data’s CDM-760 Advanced High-Speed Trunking and Broadcast Modem and FX Series. Through this combination of the latest space and ground technologies, Telesat will deliver carrier services for government, mobile, and Internet trunking to communities in the Nunavut territory of Northern Canada. These remote communities will benefit from satellite-based connectivity with an initial service launch of over 14 Gbps, officials say. One satellite link will approach 4 Gbps aggregate speed using CDM-760 Advanced High-Speed Trunking and Broadcast Modems.
“Telesat undertook a complete market evaluation and determined that the Comtech solution is the best way to maximize the performance of the Ka-band HTS spot beams serving Northern Canada on our new Telstar 19 VANTAGE satellite launching mid-2018,” says Telesat Chief Technical Officer Dave Wendling. “Combining the HTS spot beams on Telstar 19 VANTAGE with Comtech’s advanced modem technology offers a cost-effective solution that will transform the connectivity of Northerners across Nunavut’s communities.”
"Effective satellite connectivity and Internet services can be lifelines for residents in rural and remote areas," adds Fred Kornberg, president and chief executive officer of Comtech Telecommunications Corp. "We are proud to be working with Telesat to facilitate bringing high-speed broadband connectivity to the communities of Nunavut.”
Telesat is a global satellite operator, providing secure satellite-delivered communications solutions worldwide to broadcast, telecom, corporate, and government customers. Headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, with offices and facilities around the world, the company’s fleet consists of 15 GEO satellites, the Canadian payload on ViaSat-1, and one Phase 1 LEO satellite which is the start of Telesat’s planned global LEO satellite constellation that is designed to offer low-latency, high-throughput broadband services. An additional two GEO satellites are under construction with launches planned for mid-2018. Telesat is also a leading technical consultant providing high value expertise and support to satellite operators, insurers and other industry participants on a global basis. Privately held, Telesat’s principal shareholders are Canada’s Public Sector Pension Investment Board and Loral Space & Communications Inc. (NASDAQ: LORL).
Comtech EF Data Corp. provides satellite bandwidth efficiency and link optimization. The advanced communication solutions encompass the Heights Networking Platform, Advanced VSAT Solutions, Satellite Modems, RAN & WAN Optimization, Network & Bandwidth Management, and RF products. The solutions enable commercial and government users to reduce OPEX/CAPEX and to increase throughput for fixed and mobile/transportable satellite-based applications.
Comtech Telecommunications Corp. designs, develops, produces, and markets products, systems, and services for advanced communications solutions. The company sells products to a diverse customer base in the global commercial and government communications markets.