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April 16th, 2018

Orange Goes to New Heights in Africa Selecting Comtech EF Data's Heights™ Networking Platform for Critical NGO Projects 


As certain areas in Africa are hot beds of conflicts connectivity is critical. Comtech EF Data Corp., a subsidiary of Comtech Telecommunications Corp.'s (NASDAQ: CMTL) Commercial Solutions segment, is working with Orange Business Services which selected the Heights Networking Platform to support relief projects for a large Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) in two African countries.

The Heights hub was implemented at the Orange teleport in France. The first Heights Remote Gateways will be deployed in Africa to provide mission-critical connectivity, enabling essential peace-keeping mission operations. The installation of the Heights hub in France offers Orange Business Services the ability to quickly deploy and commission new remotes in additional countries on the African continent as new peace-keeping requirements arise.

The Heights Networking Platform was designed with the carrier grade service provider and its multi-user environments in mind. It combines waveforms, the Heights Dynamic Network Access (H-DNA) network access technology, header and payload compression engines, Wide Area Network (WAN) and GPRS Tunneling Protocol (GTP) optimization, multi-tier Quality of Service (QoS), bandwidth and power management along with bi-directional Adaptive Coding and Modulation (ACM) capability to provide user throughput, availability, and resource utilization.

Eric Piquet, Director of Satellite Solutions for Orange Business Services said that considering the tough conditions in which our customer was operating, they required a heightened QoS with high network availability and reliability to undertake critical functions. After reviewing, testing and fully vetting all platform solution options, they chose Comtech EF Data's Heights solution for this project due to its ability to meet these stringent requirements, while offering the best combination of platform throughput, application performance, efficiency and hub scalability.

Steve Good, Senior Vice President, Premium Enterprise for Comtech EF Data said this is an additional example of the service providers' maturing requirements into their product sweet spots as best effort connectivity is simply no longer sufficient for mission-critical operations. They are proud that Orange Business Services put its trust in Comtech EF Data. Their solution will facilitate the delivery of the service levels that Orange Business Services' customers deserve while allowing for immediate throughput growth without the need for remote site revisits, which can be costly and dangerous.