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March 11th, 2020

UPDATE: Kymeta's Flat Panel ESA Product Family Connects at DC Show + Strategic Advisors Added

Kymeta has announced the commercial availability of the company's next generation, flat panel, electronically steered, antenna platform — the Kymeta u8.

The new u8 terminal, paired with Kymeta’s hybrid, satellite-cellular, connectivity services, transforms the purchase and consumption of mobile data with an all-inclusive hardware, connectivity and services monthly subscription starting at $999. The Kymeta u8 is the world’s only commercially available flat panel electronically steered antenna built specifically for mobility and designed for the needs of both military and commercial customers.

The Kymeta u8 antenna enables complete coverage of the Ku-band with highly reliable electronic beam steering and no moving parts. It is available as an antenna, as a terminal, or in flyaway configurations, and it can be paired with Kymeta’s new satellite and hybrid satellite-cellular connectivity solutions.

Powered by top satellite service and cellular operators throughout the world, Kymeta Connect makes buying hardware, connectivity, network services, and global support as simple and predictable as buying a mobile phone plan. A variety of satellite or satellite-cellular airtime packages are available and provided in partnership with Intelsat and Cubic Telecom, among others.

Customers will now have access to easily deployable and dependable mobile connectivity in places where reliable and affordable connectivity has not been available. Kymeta is also working with LEO satellite operators on technology and service collaborations.

Kymeta’s mobile connectivity services will be available in the US, Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific, sub-Saharan Africa, and Oceania with services extending to future geographies in the coming months. Initial deployments will include the military, first responders, buses, vehicle fleets, small maritime vessels, ferries, trucks and trains.

Walter Berger, President and COO, Kymeta, stated that with the firm's new u8 terminal paired with Kymeta Broadband connectivity and support, the company is making mobile global a fully managed, optimized and easy to use blended service,. This is a complete solution with an elegant simplicity that will be very attractive to companies who need predictable OPEX pricing for their regional mobile connectivity services. Kymeta believes this is an industry tipping point for unlocking new access to the internet in all parts of the world.

Samer Halawi, CCO, Intelsat, added that the company is looking forward to expanding this successful partnership with Kymeta as they add Intelsat’s FlexMove managed service to their Communications-On-The-Move (COTM) connectivity solutions offerings. Working together, Kymeta and Intelsat are helping people stay connected wherever they need to be, no matter how remote or challenging the location.

SATELLITE 2020 attendees can sign up for a meeting or live driving demonstration of the Kymeta u8 by emailing marketing@Kymetacorp.com. Additionally, the Kymeta u8 video is live and available to watch at this direct link...

Additionally, has appointed Gene Renuart, USAF (Ret), Founder & President of The Renuart Group, and Matt Grob, CTO at XCOM Labs, as senior advisors to the company's board.

General Renuart brings 39 years of military leadership experience and extensive expertise with the USAF. His last military assignment was as commander of North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and commander of United States Northern Command from 2007 to 2010. Prior to that, he served as Military Assistant to two Secretaries of Defense and as Director of Strategic Plans and Policy for the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Mr. Grob is the CTO for XCOM Labs. Founded in 2018 by leaders in wireless communications, XCOM Labs is a technology powerhouse dedicated to inventing transformative wireless technologies. Prior to working at XCOM Labs, Matt was Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at Qualcomm.

Doug Hutcheson, Executive Chairman of Kymeta, said that Gene and Matt bring a vast and diverse wealth of knowledge, strategic relationships, and proven track records of pioneering new organizations and profitable new businesses in the wireless services space. Both Gene and Matt’s global reach and experience are a great fit for where we are headed, and we are grateful to have their support to help us achieve our next phase of growth.