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Comtech Telecommunications awarded $3.5 M in VSAT orders

MarketWatch: Defense

May 22, 2012
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Comtech Telecommunications Corp. announced that its Tempe, Arizona-based subsidiary, Comtech EF Data Corp., was awarded $3.5 million in Advanced VSAT Solution orders from Harris CapRock Communications, a premier global provider of managed solutions for remote and harsh environments and a business division of Harris Corp. Harris CapRock will deploy the Advanced VSAT Solutions throughout five of their operational hubs and onboard its maritime customers’ vessels, including Royal Caribbean Cruise Ltd.’s cruise ship fleets.

A suite of the award-winning Advanced VSAT products was ordered, including the CDM-800 Gateway Router, the CDD-880 Multi-Receiver Router, the CDM-840 Remote Router, the CTOG-250 Traffic Optimization Gateway, and the Vipersat Management System (VMS). The Advanced VSAT Solutions provide high-performance satellite-based communication solutions for a diverse range of applications. Incorporating advanced technologies developed by Comtech EF Data, AHA Products Group, Memotec and Stampede, the solutions provide unmatched performance, bandwidth efficiencies and network optimization, while minimizing total cost of ownership.

The Advanced VSAT incorporates industry-leading optimization. DVB-S2 and VersaFEC with ACM/VCM enable efficient physical layer without compromising latency, while the ultra low overhead Streamline Encapsulation and Enhanced GSE enable efficient link layer. Header compression and lossless payload compression enable efficient transport for IP datagrams, and RAN optimization minimizes the bandwidth required for mobile backhaul. WAN optimization provides TCP connection management, TCP optimization, image reduction and smoothing, caching, bandwidth pooling, and other capabilities for significant bandwidth savings. And, the Advanced QoS and Group QoS ensure the highest quality of service with minimal jitter and latency for real-time traffic, priority treatment of mission critical applications and maximum bandwidth efficiency.

“Comtech’s Advanced VSAT Solutions will allow a more efficient use of satellite bandwidth for our maritime customers,” commented Richard Simonian, president of the Harris CapRock’s Maritime Solutions. “The increased data throughput will satisfy even the most tech-savvy crews and passengers.”

The Advanced VSAT Solution hardware components will be centrally managed via the Vipersat Management System. The VMS is a feature-rich, automated bandwidth and capacity management system. It will simplify configuration and enable rapid response to network demands. The Advanced VSAT’s optimization features combined with the automated bandwidth and dynamic SCPC capacity management of the VMS will facilitate bandwidth sharing and reduce space segment OPEX. Complementing the Advanced VSAT Solutions, LPOD Block Up Converters were also ordered based on their field-proven performance characteristics and unmatched remote monitor and control capabilities.

“The Comtech solution is the only managed solution capable of providing the capacity required by Harris CapRock’s maritime customers,” said Fred Kornberg, president and chief executive officer of Comtech Telecommunications Corp. “This second major, recent win in the maritime market is a result of Comtech EF Data’s superior performance and proven technologies.”

Source: Comtech Telecommunications

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