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COM DEV Announces Win On Major European Commercial Satellite

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Com Dev
: 24 March, 2008  (New Product)
COM DEV International Ltd has announced that it has received a CDN $4.7 million Authorization to Proceed (ATP) from EADS Astrium to supply multiplexer and switch equipment for the Eutelsat KA-SAT communications satellite. COM DEV expects the ATP to lead to a contract with a total value in excess of CDN $15 million.
Scheduled for launch in mid-2010, KA-SAT will form the cornerstone of a major new satellite infrastructure program that will significantly expand capacity for consumer broadband services across Europe and the Mediterranean Basin, while providing new opportunities for local and regional television markets. It will be configured with over 80 spotbeams, making it the most advanced multi-spot satellite designed in the world to date. A network of eight gateways managed by Eutelsat, and which will provide access to KA-SAT and deliver the full range of services to end users, will form an integral part of the new infrastructure.

This satellite program represents the first fully dedicated Ka Band satellite being manufactured for the European market. Ka Band refers to the frequency at which the signals will be processed, and offers significantly higher data transmission rates compared to the traditional C and Ku bands while providing new spectrum for satellite broadcasting.

'It is central to our strategy to remain at the forefront of new commercial communications satellite technologies, and as such we are very pleased to participate in this program which establishes a number of important new benchmarks,' said John Keating, CEO of COM DEV International Ltd. 'In particular, Ka Band represents the fastest growing segment of the commercial
communications satellite market. Manufacturing for Ka Band is technically more demanding and requires an even higher degree of precision than manufacturing for the traditional frequencies. We are pleased with the confidence shown in us by EADS Astrium.'
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