Comtech launches BRIDGE system

Comtech has launched a new integrated end-to-end connectivity system called BRIDGE, to allow portable full-service communications networks to be rapidly established to help ‘bridge’ gaps traditional satellite and terrestrial infrastructures.

The company is targeting maritime users among its potential customers, for delivery of data to remote locations up to a few hundred kilometres off shore.

“Our new BRIDGE connectivity solutions align with our mission to democratise access to communications technologies and empower a truly connected planet,” said Ken Peterman, President and CEO, Comtech.

“As the name implies, Comtech’s BRIDGE solutions will play a significant role in bridging the digital divide and delivering connectivity to commercial and government customers when and where it matters most.”

“BRIDGE provides a brand-new layer of connectivity that complements existing satellite and terrestrial services to keep people connected and help usher in a new era of unified hybrid network architectures that will enable always-on, ubiquitous global connectivity.”

Comtech says that it began introducing BRIDGE to select customers over the course of the summer and completed multiple proof of concept demonstrations for maritime users during the month of August, providing communications capabilities approximately 110 kilometres from shore.

The system is designed to offer beyond-line-of-sight (BLOS) high throughput communications capabilities to mobile platforms, on both a ship-to-ship and ship-to-shore basis, to provide an alternative to maritime satellite and cellular communications.

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