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InSAT

Comtech Buys Gilat
For US$532.5M

Fred Kornberg,
Chairman of the Board
and CEO of Comtech

C

omtech has agreed to acquire
Gilat Satellite Networks for
approximately US$532.5 million.
Founded
in
1987
with
its
headquarters in Israel, Gilat is
a leader in satellite networking
technology, solutions and services
with market leading positions in the
satellite ground station and in-flight
connectivity solutions markets and
expertise in operating large network
infrastructures.
Welcoming Gilat's "entire talented
workforce to the Comtech family,"
Fred Kornberg, Chairman of the
Board and CEO of Comtech, said:
"I am excited to have reached this
agreement with Gilat and believe this

combination is beneficial to the
stakeholders of both companies.
The acquisition better positions
Comtech to take advantage of key
marketplace trends, particularly
the growing demand for satellite
connectivity and the enormous
long-term opportunity set that
is emerging in the secure wireless
communications market."
The combined companies would
employ approximately 3,000 people
and offer best-in-class satellite
technology,
public
safety
and location technology and
secure wireless solutions to
commercial and government
customers around the world.

Post-closing of the transaction, Gilat
will become a wholly owned subsidiary
of Comtech and will maintain its brand.
Gilat will also continue to maintain its
corporate headquarters and research
and development facility in
Petah Tikva, Israel under the
leadership of Yona Ovadia,
Gilat's CEO and Adi Sfadia,
Gilat's CFO.

C-COM
Antenna
Tested With
LEO Satellite
C

-COM Satellite Systems has
completed its first live test of a
low-cost commercially available, 74cm
parabolic, flyaway antenna system,
with Telesat's Phase 1 LEO satellite.
C-COM's fully automatic, compact,
and easy-to-deploy iNetVu FLY-74
Ka-band transportable antenna was
used during the live testing at Telesat's
Allan Park facility in Ontario, Canada.

Calian SED Announces New Director,
Satellite Ground Antenna Systems
C

alian SED (formerly SED Systems),
Calian Group Ltd.'s global supplier
of communication systems solutions
and products, is pleased to announce
that it has appointed Rob Vance as its
new Director, Satellite Ground Antenna
Systems.
The new position was created to lead
the sales activities for the company's
new line of high performance
composite carbon fibre antennas,
designed to meet the demanding
operational requirements of Ka/Q/Vband frequencies and beyond.
Reporting to Calian SED's VP,
Communication Ground Systems,
Darren Schlageter, Vance will assume

his role immediately and will be based
in San Jose, California.
"I'm excited to be part of the Calian
SED team. This team has an impressive
set of technical and operational skills
especially in satellite ground systems
design and implementation. The
new high-performance composite
Rob Vance

carbon fibre earth station antenna
product line will be a game-changer
as satellites move to the higher
frequencies like Q and V bands to
increase feeder-link capacity," said
Vance.
Vance brings with him an extensive
background in the technology sector
along with specific expertise in satellite
ground system sales and engineering.
"Rob's unique experience in the
satellite ground systems market.
combined with his extensive set of
relationships with key industry players,
will be very beneficial to Calian SED,"
said Patrick Thera, President, Calian
SED.

ViaLite Joins SIG As Associate Member
V
iaLite Communications has joined
the Satcoms Innovation Group
(SIG) as an associate member.
ViaLite has a varied, global user
base which utilises its products over
a diverse range of applications. Its
RF products and solutions are used in
industries such as satcom, broadcast
and government and defence.
Richard Jacklin, Director of Sales,
ViaLite
Communications,
said:
"We've worked extensively within
the satellite industry and have
seen that the opportunities and
challenges facing the industry are

changing. We strive for our equipment
to remain at the forefront of consumer
need and we see it being hugely
beneficial to have an opportunity
to discuss the broader ecosystem
with other professionals within the
industry. It provides us with a chance
to work to the same overall objectives
as other space users to ensure that
satcom remains competitive."

"We're delighted to welcome ViaLite
Communications to the group. Its team
offers extensive knowledge from its 25
years' experience of delivering links
and systems for RF over fibre within
satellite communications. We look
forward to the team's input within our
group," said Helen Weedon, Managing
Director at SIG.
SIG recently updated its membership
fee structure with the aim to
promote the group's accessibility for
start-up businesses and academic
projects, as well other prospective
members within satcoms.

C-COM iNetVu Telesat LEO testing

"We are very pleased with the
performance and high reliability of our
FLY-74 antenna system and its ability
to track and maintain connectivity
with the Telesat LEO satellite," said
Bilal Awada, Chief Technology Officer,
C-COM. "A number of these flyaway
antenna systems have already been
deployed for tracking low orbit
satellites, such as CubeSats and
Smallsats, in Canada and in other parts
of the world."
Michel Forest, Director, LEO Systems
Engineering, said: "Telesat is working
with high technology vendors such
as C-COM to assure the availability of
affordable antenna systems for Telesat
LEO across a variety of applications."
The iNetVu FLY-74 has been tracking
Telesat's Phase 1 LEO satellite over a
six-month period.
Full-duplex throughput data rates of
up to 158 Mbps on the downlink and
158 Mbps on the uplink were achieved
at extremely high spectral efficiencies,
all while demonstrating the ultra-low
latency capabilities (20-40 msec) of
Telesat LEO.
The on-air tests were conducted
using a Newtec MDM 6000 modem.
The FLY-74 antenna acquired and
tracked the LEO satellite at elevation
angles as low as 10 degrees above the
horizon.


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