COMSAT, Avanti Communications ink 7-year master distribution agreement

COMSAT, a provider of satellite connectivity to the US DoD, has announced a seven-year Master Distribution Agreement (MDA) with London‐listed Avanti Communications plc (AVN.L), the company said.

COMSAT will benefit from the Avanti advanced satellite fleet and particularly from the Hylas 4 satellite, a High‐Throughput Satellite (HTS), focused on the Middle East and Africa. In turn, Avanti will gain immediate access to US global governmental and military activity that may otherwise take multiple years to gain approval to serve.

Hylas‐4, with four uniquely steerable HTS beams and a further 64 Fixed beams, will enter service in September 2018.

The agreement will allow COMSAT to offer advanced, complete service packages to its customers, with focus on Africa and the Middle East and on particular high‐value deployments currently planned or underway.

COMSAT, Inc. is an operator of customized, secure end-to-end satellite communications services.

Avanti delivers the level of quality and flexibility that the most demanding telecoms customers in the world seek. Avanti is the first mover in high throughput satellite data communications in EMEA. It has rights to orbital slots and KA-band spectrum in perpetuity that covers an end market of over 1.7bn people.