February 25, 2014 -- Comtech Telecommunications Corp. (NASDAQ: CMTL) announced today that its Tempe, Arizona-based subsidiary, Comtech EF Data Corp., received a purchasing agreement from Harris CapRock Communications for satellite communications infrastructure equipment. Under the terms of the agreement, Harris CapRock will procure Advanced VSAT Solutions and RF products. The first $5.4 million equipment order as part of the purchasing agreement was received by Comtech EF Data during Comtech’s quarter ended January 31, 2014.
Harris CapRock’s customers in the energy, maritime and government sectors are experiencing ever-increasing demand for bandwidth, higher link availability and improved connection quality. After extensive evaluations of industry offerings, Harris CapRock teamed with Comtech because its Advanced VSAT technologies offered the best solution to support customers’ dynamic operations.
“We recently deployed Comtech’s Advanced VSAT solution on Royal Caribbean’s global fleet and on networks for customer operations in the Gulf of Mexico," said Andy Lucas, Global Operations Officer for Harris CapRock. “These projects validated the benefits to our clients in terms of reliability, flexibility and efficiency, while delivering unmatched packets per second processing capacity and nearly 20 times the information rates of a prior solution. Deploying Advanced VSAT globally positions Harris CapRock to offer high-capacity, dynamic solutions that meet or exceed our customers’ service level agreements and bandwidth growth requirements."
Designed to deliver Premium Enterprise services, the Advanced VSAT Solution leverages the versatility of the Vipersat Management System to dynamically reassign satellite capacity on demand subject to the remote site’s traffic profile. Utilizing DVB-S2 on the shared outbound channel, the patented VersaFEC ® Forward Error Correction on the dynamic SCPC return channels and multi-level optimization provides industry-leading bandwidth efficiencies and performance enabling users to achieve information rates exceeding 160 Mbps per outbound and 15 Mbps per return. Bi-directional Adaptive Coding and Modulation assures connectivity even in the harshest conditions, while potentially doubling throughput during optimal periods. Multi-level Quality of Service (QoS) ensures the highest service quality with minimal jitter and latency and priority treatment of mission-critical applications while maximizing bandwidth utilization. Advanced VSAT simplifies network deployment with seamless layer 2 operation supporting VLANs and jumbo frames."Our decision to invest significant research and development in the Advanced VSAT Solution is validated with this commitment by Harris CapRock,” commented Fred Kornberg, President and Chief Executive Officer of Comtech Telecommunications Corp. “Historically, Harris CapRock has been quick to consider and adopt new Comtech offerings. This agreement is consistent with their vision, track record and leadership of providing the most reliable communications solutions for mission-critical customer applications on a worldwide scale. We are proud of our relationship with Harris CapRock and Harris Corporation, and expect it to grow in lockstep with end users' demands for more bandwidth and higher service level performance."