Kymeta Begins Trials for Ku-Band Electronically Steered Antenna Terminal and Connectivity Services

Kymeta, the communications company making mobile global, announced the Kymeta™ u8 terminal beta trial program with select partners and customers globally, such as DOD/MOD contractors and end-users, satellite service providers, and commercial resellers, bringing Kymeta one step closer to the market launch of the Kymeta u8, planned for the fourth quarter of 2020.

The Kymeta™ u8 electronically steered terminal has been redesigned for ease of use and improved performance over previous versions of Kymeta’s signature flat-panel antenna. The advanced u8 antenna supports global land mobility, covering the full Ku-band with improved efficiency. The Kymeta u8 terminal offers a low-profile form factor with native DC power input for easy integration into mobile platforms. What makes the u8 unique in the market is the integrated satellite and cellular modems for a multi-WAN configuration offering seamless hybrid satellite/cellular connectivity. Along with the new terminal, Kymeta is also beta trialing its new Kymeta Connect™ suite of services offerings, making connectivity as easy as buying a wireless plan. Together, the two create a complete turnkey solution for public safety, DOD/MOD, enterprise, and other markets requiring always-on on-the-go communications. In addition to the plug-and-play u8 terminal, the u8 antenna is designed for integrators to create customized mobile satellite terminals with flexible integration to meet a variety of use cases.

Prior to the beta trials with customers and partners, Kymeta conducted its own u8 terminal prototype trials with test drives from Washington DC to Redmond, WA. During the trials, the Kymeta u8 terminal achieved 100% connectivity on the move with line of sight, meaning the vehicle maintained 100% internet connectivity, with either satellite or cellular connection, validating the hybrid solution for continuous and seamless connectivity.

David Harrower, Sr. Vice President of Global Sales of Kymeta, stated that they are excited to bring their customers the new u8 terminal, paired with Kymeta Connect services and support, for a fully managed, optimized, and easy to use blended service. It is a complete solution that will be very attractive to companies who need predictable OPEX pricing for their regional mobile connectivity services. They believe this is an industry game changer that will provide mobile connectivity in all parts of the world.