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January 30th, 2018

Comtech EF Data Equipment to Support Telesat SATCOM Solutions for Northern Canada

Comtech EF Data's CDM-760 Advanced High-Speed Trunking and Broadcast Modem.

Comtech Telecommunications Corp. (NASDAQ: CMTL) announced today that during the company's second quarter of fiscal 2018, their Tempe, Arizona-based subsidiary, Comtech EF Data Corp., which is part of Comtech’s Commercial Solutions segment, was awarded a multi-million dollar infrastructure equipment order from Telesat, a leading global satellite operator.

Telesat will use the equipment to support its multi-Gigabit enhanced connectivity solutions for remote communities in Canada’s Far North. The order specified Comtech EF Data’s CDM-760 Advanced High-Speed Trunking and Broadcast Modem and the FX Series WAN Optimization by its subsidiary, Memotec. The CDM-760 Advanced High-Speed Trunking and Broadcast Modem was designed to be the most efficient, highest throughput, point-to-point trunking and broadcast modem available. It offers users the most advanced combination of space segment saving capabilities while minimizing overhead. Building on Memotec’s long experience of voice and data optimization in mobile networks, the FX Series delivers superior IP packet optimization and traffic shaping capabilities.

Artistic rendition of Telesat's Telstar VANTAGE-19 satellite.

Telesat will combine the performance of powerful Ka-band, HTS spot beams aboard its new Telstar 19 VANTAGE satellite, scheduled to launch mid-2018, with Comtech EF Data’s CDM-760 Advanced High-Speed Trunking and Broadcast Modem and FX Series. Through this combination of the latest space and ground technologies, Telesat will deliver carrier services for government, mobile and Internet trunking with unrivaled speeds and efficiencies to communities in the Nunavut territory of Northern Canada. These remote communities will benefit from satellite-based connectivity with an initial service launch of over 14 Gbps. One satellite link will approach 4 Gbps aggregate speed using CDM-760 Advanced High-Speed Trunking and Broadcast Modems.

Dave Wendling, Telesat’s CTo, offered that the company undertook a complete market evaluation and determined that the Comtech solution is the best way to maximize the performance of the Ka-band HTS spot beams serving Northern Canada on the company's new Telstar 19 VANTAGE satellite that will be launching in mid-2018. Combining the HTS spot beams on Telstar 19 VANTAGE with Comtech’s advanced modem technology offers a cost-effective solution that will transform the connectivity of Northerners across Nunavut’s communities.

Fred Kornberg, President and CEO of Comtech Telecommunications Corp, remarked that effective satellite connectivity and internet services can be lifelines for residents in rural and remote areas and the company is proud to be working with Telesat to facilitate bringing high-speed broadband connectivity to the communities of Nunavut.