Kymeta and Comtech pair u8 antenna and modem for navy prospects
Kymeta and Comtech EF Data Corp. have entered into a technology partnership to couple the Kymeta u8 mobility terminal with a Comtech modem. The companies announced Tuesday that the u8 terminal is interoperable with Comtech’s SLM-5650B modem and uses the open source Open Antenna to Modem Interface Protocol (OpenAMIP) standard for antenna-router integration.
This combination aims to expand the reach of each product, and Comtech CEO Fred Kornberg commented that it expands the mission that the modem can support. Comtech’s modem is designed for critical commercial backhaul, government and military applications and is certified for the US Army Forces Strategic Command (ARSTRAT) Wideband Global Satcom. The u8 is Kymeta’s newest Ku-band antenna model for land mobility, aimed at government, defense and first responder customers.
“The integration of the u8 antenna with the Comtech modem enables users to upgrade to Satcom-on-the-Move (SOTM) functionality while using the existing modem and hub architecture,” said Neville Meijers, Kymeta Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer. “The ability to leverage existing network hardware while adding SOTM capability will quickly improve device capabilities.”