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SES Government Solutions Lands Additional MEO Beam Task Order with U.S. Department of Defense

August 1, 2017 - SES Government Solutions (SES GS), a wholly owned subsidiary of SES, signed a five-year task order with the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). Under the agreement, an additional satellite beam will enable access to real-time information for better-informed, life-saving decisions in the field for key U.S. Government end-users. The additional connectivity will be provided via SES’s Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) O3bfleet as part of a high throughput, low latency satellite communications solution SES GS is providing to the U.S. DoD. Operational benefits of the solution include the capability to transfer large files from remote locations in just minutes instead of hours. Cloud-based applications and information can be used anywhere in the service area. End-users will be able to view simultaneous High Definition videos providing situational awareness to commanders.

Inmarsat Demonstrates Seamless Global Xpress Connectivity in VIP Aircraft Worldwide Test Flight

August 2, 2017 - Inmarsat announced the successful completion of its Global Xpress ‘Around the World’ test flight. The exercise, conducted on a Gulfstream IV aircraft between June 5 and June 11, 2017, covered more than 25,000 miles and demonstrated Global Xpress’ ability to deliver seamless, worldwide coverage across multiple spot beams and satellites. While government and business users have historically had to manipulate flight plans to avoid gaps in coverage and performance, the test flight enjoyed complete flexibility in route selection. The flight route spanned the Northern and Southern Hemispheres, beginning in the United States with stops in the United Kingdom, the United Arab Emirates, Thailand, Australia and Fiji.

Comtech Xicom Awarded $7.5 Million Order for SSPAs for In-Flight Connectivity Application

August 2, 2017 - Comtech Xicom Technology, Inc., which is part of Comtech's Commercial Solutions segment, received an order for $7.5 million for Solid-State Power Amplifiers (SSPAs) to be used in an airborne, In-Flight Connectivity application. This order will be shipped in fiscal 2018. These Gallium Nitride (GaN) SSPAs will enable high-speed satellite connectivity for both airlines and travelers around the world.

EM Solutions Cobra Satellite Terminals Providing Assured Communications for Australian Navy

August 7, 2017 - Less than 6 months after the first proto-type terminal underwent initial sea trials, EM Solutions has delivered and installed its Cobra X/Ka tri-band Maritime Terminals on two recently launched Australian Navy Cape Class Vessels that are now in service. The Cobra tri-band terminal supports four connected modems, enables simultaneous communication at X and Ka Bands, provides services on both military and commercial Ka Band satellites and is in the final stages of certification for the WGS and Inmarsat GX networks. This flexibility in service provision and the unique monopulse tracking technology used by EM Solutions, which maximizes the ability of the terminal to maintain satellite lock under the most extreme conditions, is a significant step forward in meeting customer expectations of assured broadband communications at sea.

Comtech’s Pakistan Partner, Supernet Achieved 11bits/Hz for MNO's 2G Backhaul Traffic

August 7, 2017 - Comtech EF Data Corp., in conjunction with its' Pakistan partner, Supernet Limited, have migrated a Mobile Network Operator (MNO) customer to new High Throughput Satellite (HTS) capacity over VSAT while leveraging existing infrastructure equipment. Challenged by low Average Revenue Per User (ARPU), MNOs struggle to drive down costs while delivering effective services over VSAT. By teaming with satellite service providers and system integrators, Comtech is able to deliver solutions to address this challenge. Earlier this year, Supernet Limited and its MNO client, upon executing the migration plan, realized a marked decrease in backhaul expenses. This significantly improved the MNO's competitive position and the profitability of service delivery over satellite. These savings were made possible through a combination of migrating its services to HTS spot beam capacity, updating Comtech EF Data CDM-625 satellite modems via FAST code to enable higher order modcods and throughput, and through Supernet's exceptional customer support efforts. In the process, the MNO client realized the remarkable equivalent of 11 bits/Hz in their use of satellite capacity which translated into the OPEX savings on backhaul expenses and added room for 3G services.

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