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March 19, 2012

C-Com's iNetVu Antenna Systems to the Rescue in Disaster Areas

When a large-scale disaster strikes, some of our most fundamental services are disrupted. Whether it’s power outages, large-scale evacuations or loss of communications services, people who are dealing with disasters such as earthquakes, tornadoes or tsunamis must learn to live without certain aspects of modern life for long stretches of time.

When the earthquake and tsunami hit Japan in March of 2011, everyday life was disrupted for thousands of Japanese citizens. In order to deal with communications outages, the Japanese were forced to rely on satellite services, but when most antenna providers take 10-12 weeks to deliver on an order, that timetable is not good enough.

Enter C-Com and its iNetVu antenna systems.

Because C-Com prides itself on keeping a large inventory of antenna in stock today, it can deliver the equipment to customers tomorrow. And this was the case last year when C-Com delivered on an order of 100 antennas in the span of three days, and over 300 antennas in three months.

This response aided communications in the country after the tsunami and helped C-Com have one of its best years to date. Profits were up 82 percent in 2011 compared to 2010.

The company works with many partners, though it is primarily focusing on military and broadcast customers, with the oil and gas industry as the largest customer base. iNetVu antennas can be found in over 100 countries, and there are over 50,000 of these antennas in the field today. C-Com has relationships with companies such as Verizon (News - Alert), as well as U.S. organizations like FEMA and NASA as well as international armies in countries such as Poland and Canada.

The company is pursuing military contracts as many militaries are relaxing their specs and going for more commercial off-the-shelf products.

Recently, C-Com introduced two new products, as 75cm Ka 75B, which works with ViaSat (News - Alert) and EutelSat. Also, its Ka 98 recently completed successful testing with Avanti and has been approved for sale with UK resellers. The company strongly feels that Ka band is the future of satellite communications and that the future is today.

C-Com recently appeared at the Satellite 2012 convention in Washington, DC, and plans to have several announcements of new products coming in May.

Edited by Jennifer Russell

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