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February 12, 2013

Comtech EF Data Corp Awarded $ 6.5M Buying Agreement from Harris Corp.

By Anil Sharma, TMCnet Contributor

Comtech EF Data Corp., a subsidiary of Comtech Telecommunications (News - Alert) Corp. and a major player in satellite bandwidth efficiency and link optimization, has been awarded a $6.5-million buying agreement from Harris Corporation.

As part of the pact, Harris, an international communications and information technology company serving government and commercial markets in more than 150 countries, will purchase Comtech EF Data (News - Alert) ground equipment to support the satellite network upgrade of the Federal Aviation Administration’s Alaskan Satellite Telecommunications Infrastructure (ASTI) program.

As the prime contractor for the ASTI program, Harris will replace and upgrade the existing satcom network that links the Alaskan Air Route Traffic Control Center in Anchorage with 64 FAA facilities throughout the region.

"We are honored to be Harris`s teammate in this vitally important project, and believe our advanced technologies will be critical components in increasing network performance and availability for the FAA," Fred Kornberg (News - Alert), president and chief executive officer at Comtech Telecommunications Corp., said in a statement.

Under the terms of the agreement, Kornberg said, product deliveries are expected primarily in fiscal 2014.

Officials with Comtech EF Data said the agreement also encompasses a range of the company’s ground equipment, including the CDM-625 Advanced Satellite Modem with DoubleTalk Carrier-in-Carrier, redundancy switches, and RF products for indoor and outdoor environments.

Back in May last year, Comtech EF Data Corp had announced that it received a $1.8-million order from a government systems integrator for modems with DoubleTalk Carrier-in-Carrier bandwidth compression.

The U.S. military will utilize the modems in deployable terminals to support a satellite-based network expansion for battlefield communications.

The order specified the DMD2050 MIL-STD-188-165A Compliant Universal Satellite Modem. The DMD2050 supports the widest possible range of U.S. government and commercial standards.It provides highly advanced and bandwidth-efficient forward error correction, and a complete range of modulation types.

Given the U.S. government's IP-centric focus, advanced options for the DMD2050 were included in the order, including DoubleTalk Carrier-in-Carrier bandwidth compression and Low Density Parity Check (LDPC) forward error correction.

Edited by Braden Becker

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