|[December 18, 2012]
Airtel and Comtech EF Data Win Award for Best Backhaul Solution in Africa
TEMPE, Ariz. & NAIROBI --(Business Wire)--
Bharti Airtel (News - Alert) ("Airtel"), a leading telecommunications services provider
with operations in 20 countries across Asia and Africa, and Comtech EF
Data Corporation celebrate the Best Backhaul Solution for Africa at the 5th
annual AfricaCom Awards ceremony in Cape Town, South Africa. The
AfricaCom Awards reward excellence in African telecoms, media and ICT.
The Best Backhaul Solution for Africa Award recognizes a fiber,
satellite or wireless solutions provider that significantly improved
backhaul capacity with measurable improvements in quality and
reliability of service in Africa.
Comtech EF Data was selected by the panel of judges for its role in
supporting Bharti Airtel's (News - Alert) satellite-based network upgrade and service
expansion across its operations in 16 African countries, which is one of
the largest backhaul upgrade projects for the African continent. In
order to enable sustainable and profitable service expansion and
subscriber growth to rural areas and remote villages in Africa, Bharti
Airtel needed to upgrade its satellite-based network infrastructure.
Bharti Airtel selected the Comtech EF Data satellite mobile backhaul
solution to transport and optimize voice and data communications and to
facilitate significant growth planned for the region.
Comtech EF Data's award-winning CDM-625 Advanced Satellite Modem with
DoubleTalk® Carrier-in-Carrier® bandwidth
compression and the CX-U Series by its subsidiary, Memotec, were
selected by Bharti Airtel. DoubleTalk Carrier-in-Carrier, based on the
patented "Adaptive Cancellation" technology, allows transmit and receive
carriers of a duplex link to sharethe same transponder space.
DoubleTalk Carrier-in-Carrier is complementary to all advances in modem
technology, including advanced forward error correction and modulation
techniques. This allows for its successful deployment in
bandwidth-limited and power-limited scenarios, as well as reduction in
earth station BUC/HPA power requirements.
The Memotec CX-U Series is a dedicated mobile backhaul platform
delivering Radio Access Network (RAN) optimization, A/E voice trunk
compression and TDM Pseudowire. Bharti Airtel deployed several CX-U
models, which are now optimizing the RAN and significantly reducing the
amount of backhaul bandwidth required to support mobile services over
constrained links. The combination Comtech EF Data and Memotec mobile
backhaul solution is deployed globally by the top mobile network
"We are honored to be the recipient of this esteemed award and to
receive recognition of our significant contribution to backhaul
connectivity in Africa," commented Daniel Enns, Senior Vice President
Marketing and Business Development for Comtech EF Data.
By utilizing Comtech EF Data's bandwidth optimization technologies,
Bharti Airtel reduced overall satellite transponder consumption from 17
to 12, and successfully reduced network OPEX (News - Alert) for some satellite links by
as much as 50%. Additionally, Bharti Airtel increased coverage in rural
areas and was able to offer services to end users with no degradation in
"We congratulate Comtech EF Data on this achievement," said Eben
Albertyn, CTO, Airtel Africa. "Their solution is instrumental in our
providing best-in-class mobile services to Africa."
Comtech EF Data Corporation, a subsidiary of Comtech Telecommunications (News - Alert)
Corporation (NASDAQ: CMTL), is the recognized global leader in satellite
bandwidth efficiency and link optimization. The advanced communication
solutions encompass the Advanced VSAT Solutions, Modems, RAN & WAN
Optimization, Managed Bandwidth and RF products. The Company is
recognized as a technology innovator, and has a reputation for
exceptional product quality and reliability. The solutions enable
commercial and government users to reduce OPEX/CAPEX and to increase
throughput for fixed and mobile/transportable satellite-based
applications. For more information, visit www.comtechefdata.com.
Carrier-in-Carrier® is a Registered Trademark of Comtech EF Data.
DoubleTalk® is a Registered Trademark of Raytheon Applied Signal (News - Alert)
Certain information in this press release contains statements that
are forward-looking in nature and involve certain significant risks and
uncertainties. Actual results could differ materially from such
forward-looking information. The Company's Securities and Exchange
Commission filings identify many such risks and uncertainties. Any
forward-looking information in this press release is qualified in its
entirety by the risks and uncertainties described in such Securities and
Exchange Commission filings.
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