COMSAT Signs 7-year Master Distribution Agreement with Avanti Communications

COMSAT, a leader in satellite connectivity to the US DoD, has signed a seven year Master Distribution Agreement (MDA) with London based Avanti Communications plc.

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.

According to David Greenhill, President of COMSAT, With Avanti, they have found a well‐balanced partner to better‐serve customers. The company’s decades of experience and technical capability will blend with their state‐of‐art, WGS‐compatible, Hylas‐4 satellite, built by US manufacturer, Orbital ATK (Northrop Grumman). Avanti’s partnership with COMSAT is disruptive in the most positive way. It will take the companies into new markets, with highly capable satellite fleet paired to a global leader in Satcom innovation.