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Speedcast Government Provides Connectivity Services to UN Agency

January 30, 2020 ‐ Speedcast Government is supporting a UN Agency and an independent national electoral committee in Niger, Africa in their mission to ensure that no electoral fraud takes place. In preparation of the upcoming national elections, Speedcast Government has been asked to provide satellite internet services, equipment, life‐cycle operation, installation, maintenance and logistics support for eight regional electoral sites. The project is divided in two phases and expected to be completed before legislative and presidential elections take place in 2020‐2021.

GMV to Install Control System for Space Norway's Two Arctic‐deployed Satellites

January 30, 2020 ‐ GMV, a supplier of commercial telecommunication satellite monitoring systems, has signed a contract with Northrop Grumman for development and supply of the Satellite Operations Center for Space Norway HEOSAT's ASBM‐1 and ASBM‐2 satellites. Space Norway HEOSAT, a subsidiary of the government owned Space Norway, is a Norwegian company set up to run the Arctic Satellite Broadband Mission (ASBM). ASBM‐1 and ASBM‐2, built by Northrop Grumman on the GeoStar3 platform, make up the core of ASBM, a satellite system designed to work in highly elliptical orbits (HEO) to ensure broadband connectivity at latitudes beyond the reach of geostationary satellites.

Comtech Telecommunications to Acquire Gilat Satellite Networks

January 29, 2020 ‐ Comtech Telecommunications and Gilat Satellite Networks jointly announced that Comtech has agreed to acquire Gilat in a cash and stock transaction for $10.25 per Gilat ordinary share of which 70% will be paid in cash and 30% in Comtech common stock, resulting in an enterprise value of approximately $532.5 million. Founded in 1987 with its headquarters in Israel, Gilat is a worldwide leader in satellite networking technology, solutions and services with market leading positions in the satellite ground station and in‐flight connectivity solutions markets and deep expertise in operating large network infrastructures. Based on Comtech’s fiscal year 2019 actual results and Gilat’s trailing twelve‐month results through June 30, 2019, on a pro‐forma basis, Comtech would have reported approximately $926.1 million of revenue with Adjusted EBITDA of approximately $130.2 million. The combined companies would employ approximately 3,000 people and offer best‐in‐class satellite technology, public safety and location technology and secure wireless solutions to commercial and government customers around the world.

ETL Systems Receives Major Investment from CBPE Capital

January 29, 2020 ‐ ETL Systems, a global designer and manufacturer of leading RF distribution equipment used in the ground segment of the satellite communications market, has received significant investment from CBPE Capital, to support its management’s ambitious growth plans. The business is embarking on further expansion, designed to take advantage of positive market drivers in the satellite industry and solid industry conditions. ETL serves various end markets including broadcasting, energy, defence, government and maritime and has a distinguished track record of growth and technological innovation in support of its international client base. The company is the recipient of multiple industry accolades including three Queens Awards in recent years.

C‐Com and Isotropic Come Together to Complete iDirect iQ 200 Integration

January 29, 2020 ‐ C‐COM Satellite Systems Inc. and reseller partner, Isotropic, have collaborated on the integration of the iDirect iQ 200 modem with C‐COM’s iNetVu® antenna controllers. The new modem is now fully compatible on all C‐COM antenna systems using OpenAMIP interface. C‐COM utilized Isotropic’s extensive teleport facilities on Lake Geneva to test auto‐pointing satellite acquisitions and data transfers. The compatibility of the iNetVu® Controllers with the iQ 200 satellite router provides an advantage to CCOM partners who are currently using or considering to use the latest iDirect modem. C‐COM’s ‘Best‐in‐Class’ antenna controllers now offer interoperability with 14 different modem manufacturers and over 35 different modems. The iDirect iQ 200 modem can deliver aggregate data transmission rates over 200Mbps with network configurations based on DVB‐S2/S2X/ACM.

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