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Comtech EF Data expands Heights Networking Platform portfolio with new and innovative remote gateways

(6 March 2018 - Comtech EF Data) Comtech EF Data announced today that it expanded its Heights Networking Platform portfolio to include three new and innovative Remote Gateways.

The new Remote Gateways include both indoor and outdoor models - the indoor H-Plus Remote Gateway, and two outdoor units, the H-Plus-ODU Remote Gateway and the H-Pro-ODU Remote Gateway. The offerings provide customers with targeted Heights and Single Channel Per Carrier (SCPC) solutions to address specific market needs and technology trends that are shaping the satellite communications community.

The H-Plus Remote Gateway is aptly named. It gives customers the flexibility to choose between Hub and Spoke VSAT connectivity "Plus" the option to run in true SCPC mode. Providers that are targeting mid-tier VSAT services or that would prefer to start with a simple hub-less SCPC network can utilize a single device that allows them to convert from true point-to-point SCPC mode of operation to Hub and Spoke VSAT operation without changing hardware.

The H-Plus Remote Gateway offers tremendous flexibility for future applications. In addition to the powerful quad-core standard onboard processor, it incorporates an optional Single Board Computer (SBC) to offload computationally intensive tasks and to provide a location where both organic and third-party applications can reside. The combination of multiple modes of operation and highly upgradeable computational processing power provides service providers and their customers with the long-term assurances they require when investing in satellite network solutions.

The Outdoor Units (ODU), the H-Plus-ODU Remote Gateway and the H-Pro-ODU Remote Gateway, allow service providers and end users to move the entire VSAT system onto an antenna and away from environmentally controlled shelters. The outdoor package options reduce the overall power consumption and footprint needed for a VSAT terminal. Moving the electronics outdoors greatly reduces the power consumption, eliminates valuable shelter space and cooling requirements that are typical with indoor models.

"Our point-to-point SCPC hardware is the global standard for highly efficient operation and best-in-class spectral efficiency," commented Louis Dubin, Senior Vice President, Product Management and Marketing for Comtech EF Data. "With the new Remote Gateways, customers can now choose to begin network services with SCPC simplicity and efficiency, and then convert to the highly efficient and intelligent Heights Networking Platform when the traffic and overall network dataflow makes sense."

The Heights Networking Platform is engineered to elevate services with unparalleled horsepower, efficiency and intelligence. The platform's features were designed with the service provider and its multi-user environments in mind, from concept to operation. It combines the most efficient waveforms, Heights Dynamic Network Access (H-DNA), header and payload compression engines, WAN and GTP optimization, multi-tier Quality of Service (QoS), proven dynamic bandwidth and power management along with bi-directional Adaptive Coding & Modulation (ACM) capability to provide the highest user throughput, highest availability, and most optimal resource utilization available in the industry.

Comtech EF Data Corp. is the recognized global leader in satellite bandwidth efficiency and link optimization. The advanced communication solutions encompass the Heights Networking Platform, Advanced VSAT Solutions, Satellite Modems, RAN & WAN Optimization, Network & Bandwidth Management 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.

Comtech Telecommunications Corp. designs, develops, produces, and markets innovative products, systems and services for advanced communications solutions. The Company sells products to a diverse customer base in the global commercial and government communications markets.