OTTAWA, Sept 15, 2020 – C-COM Satellite Systems Inc. (TSXV: CMI), the world’s leading designer and manufacturer of commercial grade, auto-acquire mobile satellite antenna systems, announced today that it has joined an International consortium to develop next generation phased array antennas for both 5G cellular and satellite communications networks. Formed under the Intergovernmental Canadian/European EUREKA/PENTA program, the goal is to develop flexible and scalable antenna modules and technologies for operation in the upper 5G bands (Frequency Range 2) and in the high frequency satellite V-band.
In addition to C-COM, the HEFPA (Highly Efficient and Flexible Phase Arrays) partners are: NXP Semiconductors Netherlands BV (project coordinator); Carleton University; Eindhoven University of Technology; Semiconductor Ideas to the Market (ItoM) BV; Skyworks Solutions Canada Inc.; and the University of Waterloo. The consortium combines broad expertise from industry and academia covering a wide range of technologies and all aspects of the project, which will span the next 3 years.
“We are pleased to be part of this ambitious and challenging project, which will lead to the development of the next generation 5G mmWave antenna technology for terrestrial as well as for high frequency (V-band) satellite broadband communications,“ said Dr. Leslie Klein, President & CEO of C-COM Satellite Systems Inc. “The funding for the Canadian partners in this project has been facilitated by the Government of Canada’s IRAP program and we are grateful for their continued support.”
Bringing together an ecosystem of partners with experience in RF ICs (radio frequency chips), RF systems, chip packaging and PCBs (printed circuit boards), the HEFPA consortium will develop its modules for use by system integrators and product developers targeting consumer and commercial markets using future 5G and SatCom products, exploiting the benefits of higher frequencies and scalable, flexible designs. These technologies are the key to improved network capacity, significantly faster downloads, and reductions in ’latency’ also known as lag (i.e. the time between a sender causing a change in a system’s state and its reception by an observer).
Recent approvals by FCC will usher in the use of V-band frequencies by satellite operators of GEO-Stationary as well as emerging Non-Geostationary Orbit (NGSO) constellations, including SpaceX, Amazon Kuiper, OneWeb, Telesat and others.
About C-COM Satellite Systems Inc.
C-COM Satellite Systems Inc. is a pioneer and world leader in the design, development, and manufacture of transportable and mobile satellite-based antenna systems. The Company has developed proprietary, auto-acquisition controller technology for rapid antenna pointing to a satellite with just the press of a button, enabling Broadband Internet via Satellite across a wide range of market applications worldwide, including regions unserved or underserved by terrestrial access technologies.
C-COM has sold more than 8,500 antenna systems, in over 100 countries, through a dedicated dealer network that provides service to a wide range of vertical markets such as Oil & Gas Exploration, Military Communications, Disaster Management, SNG, Emergency Communications, Cellular Backhaul, Telemedicine, Mobile Education, Government Services, Mobile Banking, and others. The Company’s iNetVu® brand is synonymous with high quality, reliability, and cost-effectiveness.
C-COM is in late stage development of a potentially revolutionary Ka-band, electronically steerable, modular, conformal, flat panel phased array antenna. In cooperation with the University of Waterloo, C-COM is engaged in the design of this unique antenna with the intent of providing low-cost, high-throughput mobility applications over satellite for land, airborne and maritime verticals. For additional information please visit www.c-comsat.com
iNetVu® is a registered trademark of C-COM Satellite Systems Inc.
The Company is publicly traded on the Canadian Venture Exchange (TSXV: CMI) and on the US OTC Exchange (OTC: CYSNF).