New ruggedized Push-To-Talk system provides always-on communications, enabling seamless cellular-to-satellite handover of voice calls, when terrestrial connections are Lost.
Lyngby, Denmark, Carlsbad, Calif. - Cobham
SATCOM (LSE: COB), a leading satcom terminal manufacturer, and
ViaSat Inc. (NASDAQ: VSAT), a global broadband services and
technology company, has announced a strategic agreement to
introduce new and innovative product and service offerings to the
Mobile Satellite Services (MSS) market.
The first satellite terminal product from the Cobham/ViaSat
collaboration is the EXPLORER 122, a compact, vehicle mount
real-time IP satellite terminal, which will complement the EXPLORER
PTT-II system for mission-critical voice and data communications.
The proprietary Cobham PTT technology allows for the seamless
handover of voice calls from cellular-to-satellite, when the
terrestrial connection is lost, without interrupting the
The new EXPLORER 122, operating over the all-IP ViaSat L-band
Managed Service network, features a ruggedized terminal design in a
small form-factor with omni-directional antenna architecture and no
moving parts, thus increasing the reliability and reducing the
structure-borne noise heard from inside the vehicle. The PTT
satellite service utilizes ViaSat's new L-band waveform that offers
true IP multicast voice over LightSquared's Skyterra-1 satellite,
allowing for flat rate service plans while protecting the users'
information with the most advanced commercial encryption
"The EXPLORER 122 operating on the ViaSat Managed Service
network meets a critical demand from our customers for a lower
profile, ruggedized and cost-effective satellite terminal," said
Henrik Nørrelykke, vice president, Land Business, Cobham SATCOM.
"The ViaSat Managed Service network's low latency, encrypted and IP
multicast architecture provides an ideal fit for the Cobham PTT
"Cobham SATCOM is a recognized leader in the L-band terminal
market and brings a well-established worldwide distribution
network," said Phil Berry, vice president and general manager,
Mobile Satellite Services, ViaSat. "This strategic relationship
allows us to combine the complementary strengths of our companies
to better serve current and future customers."
The combined PTT products and service have been specifically
designed for Public Safety, Utilities, Transportation and Fleet
Management markets. The EXPLORER products will continue to be sold
exclusively by Cobham while the PTT satellite service will be
offered by ViaSat. The EXPLORER 122 satellite terminal will start
shipping early Q1 2016.
ViaSat, Inc. (NASDAQ: VSAT) keeps the world connected. As a global
broadband services and technology company, ViaSat ensures
consumers, businesses, governments and military personnel have
communications access - anywhere - whether on the ground or
in-flight. The Company's innovations in designing highest-capacity
satellites and secure ground infrastructure and terminal
technologies coupled with its international network of managed
Wi-Fi hotspots enable ViaSat to deliver a best available
network that extends the reach and accessibility of broadband
internet service, globally. For more information
visit ViaSat at: www.viasat.com, or follow the Company on social
media: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube.
About Cobham SATCOM
Providing dependable communications and internet access
anywhere under the most demanding conditions.
Our satellite and radio communication terminals perform in the
most challenging and remote environments on land, at sea and in the
We design and manufacture these high performance products under
the AVIATOR, EXPLORER, SAILOR and Sea Tel brands providing
customers with outstanding performance, value and support through
our global sales and service network.
The most important thing we build is trust.
Cobham offers an innovative range of technologies and services
to solve challenging problems across commercial, defence and
security markets, from deep space to the depths of the ocean.
This press release contains forward-looking statements that are
subject to the safe harbors created under the Securities Act of
1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Forward looking
statements include statements about the success and the timeline of
the products and services delivered to Cobham,
and ViaSat's L-band Managed Services for the Public
Safety, Utilities, Transportation and Fleet Management markets.
Readers are cautioned that actual results could differ materially
from those expressed in any forward-looking statements. Factors
that could cause actual results to differ include: contractual
problems, product defects, manufacturing issues or delays,
regulatory issues, technologies not being developed according to
anticipated schedules, or that do not perform according to
expectations; and increased competition and other factors affecting
the industry generally. In addition, please refer to the risk
factors contained in ViaSat's SEC filings available at www.sec.gov,
including ViaSat's most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K
and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. Readers are cautioned not to
place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements, which speak
only as of the date on which they are
made. ViaSat undertakes no obligation to update or revise
any forward-looking statements for any reason.
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