August 19, 2013--Comtech Telecommunications Corp. (NASDAQ: CMTL) announced today that its Tempe, Arizona-based subsidiary, Comtech EF Data Corp., received a $3.2 million equipment order from Globecomm Systems, Inc. (Globecomm), a leading global communications solutions provider. Globecomm will utilize the equipment to support the upgrade of a major U.S. broadcaster’s existing affiliate exchange network to accommodate the future newsgathering needs of its news division and affiliate stations. The order included the award-winning Advanced VSAT Solutions, Vipersat Management System (VMS) and LPOD Block Up Converters. The Advanced VSAT Solutions is a portfolio of managed high-performance, satellite-based communication solutions designed to provide premium services with industry-leading spectral efficiency for minimizing the total cost of ownership. It incorporates advanced FEC, ACM/VCM, header and lossless payload compression, RAN and WAN optimization, multi-level advanced Quality of Service (QoS) and dynamic bandwidth management to reduce OPEX by minimizing leased bandwidth and power consumption and minimize CAPEX by reducing antenna and BUC size. When used with VMS, the dSCPC capability enables dynamic allocation and sharing of bandwidth. When a node in the satellite network detects a change in required capacity, it automatically requests that change from the VMS. VMS manages the satellite resource allocations and automatically creates a new frequency plan, power level, data rate, FEC, and modulation schemes. “We selected Comtech’s combination of Advanced VSAT Solutions and dynamic SCPC architecture over other VSAT technologies based on multiple factors. For this application, the solution provides the highest throughput and most spectrally efficient transfer of IP-based video content. In addition, VMS also allows for the space segment’s management for optimal utilization over multiple transponders,” commented Gerard Johnston, Vice President, Americas for Globecomm Systems. The broadcaster needed an automated broadcast contribution and distribution solution to service their geographically dispersed hubs and affiliate stations. Utilizing the Advanced VSAT in conjunction with VMS will enable the automation of both linear and non-linear (file-based) video content feeds. By employing the dSCPC functionality, the bandwidth across multiple satellite transponders will be treated as a single resource, and will be dynamically allocated as needed. The network will tie seamlessly into schedule-based programming to ensure that scheduled content distribution has sufficient satellite capacity. By making use of the Advanced VSAT’s QoS functionality, a priority-based hierarchy can be assigned to guarantee that DVB-based linear and critical IP-based video feeds are transmitted over the satellite links even during peak or congested periods.
Fred Kornberg, President and Chief Executive Officer of Comtech Telecommunications Corp., commented on the order, “We are honored to be selected to support this state-of the-art network upgrade that will enable the transport of live and stored news content from affiliate stations and news bureaus to this broadcaster’s news headquarters. By utilizing our market-leading technologies, this customer will be poised to reduce CAPEX and OPEX associated with satellite communications.”About Globecomm Systems, Inc. Based in Hauppauge, New York, Globecomm Systems Inc. is a leading global communications solutions provider. Employing expertise in emerging communication technologies, including satellite and other transport mediums, it is able to offer a comprehensive suite of system integration, system products, and network services enabling a complete end-to-end solution for our customers. About Comtech EF Data Corp. Comtech EF Data Corporation is the recognized global leader in satellite bandwidth efficiency and link optimization. The advanced communication solutions encompass the Advanced VSAT Solutions, Modems, RAN & WAN Optimization, Managed Bandwidth and RF products. The Company is recognized as a technology innovator, and has a reputation for exceptional product quality and reliability. The solutions enable commercial and government users to reduce OPEX/CAPEX and to increase throughput for fixed and mobile/transportable satellite-based applications. For more information, visit www.comtechefdata.com. About Comtech Telecommunications Corp. Comtech Telecommunications Corp. designs, develops, produces and markets innovative products, systems and services for advanced communications solutions. The Company believes many of its solutions play a vital role in providing or enhancing communication capabilities when terrestrial communications infrastructure is unavailable, inefficient or too expensive. The Company conducts business through three complementary segments: telecommunications transmission, RF microwave amplifiers and mobile data communications. The Company sells products to a diverse customer base in the global commercial and government communications markets. The Company believes it is a market leader in the market segments that it serves.
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