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COMSAT and Avanti Communications plc Sign Seven Year Master Distribution Agreement


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

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.

Comments David Greenhill, President of COMSAT: "With Avanti, we have
found a well‐balanced partner to better‐serve our customers. Our decades
of experience and technical capability will blend with their
state‐of‐art, WGS‐compatible, Hylas‐4 satellite, built by US
manufacturer, Orbital ATK. We look forward to delivering great
performance and value for our customers."

Kyle Whitehill, CEO of Avanti observed: "Our partnership with COMSAT is
disruptive in the most positive way. It takes us into new markets, with
our highly capable satellite fleet paired to a global leader in Satcom
innovation. We are delighted to create shareholder value through new
opportunity. Avanti advances on."

Notes to Editors:


COMSAT, Inc. is a leading operator of customized, secure end-to-end
satellite communications services. We deliver a full portfolio of fixed
satellite solutions (C-Band, Ku-Band, Ka-Band, X-Band and UHF) and
mobile satellite solutions (Inmarsat, Thuraya and Iridium) to
aeronautical, land-mobile and maritime users in multiple markets,
including U.S. government and military, global governments, educational
institutions and commercial maritime. COMSAT owns and operates two
teleports located in Southbury, CT and Santa Paula, CA that provide
various communications and data center services to commercial,
government and educational institutions worldwide including end-to-end
connectivity, co-location and research efforts, critical data backup and
recovery, satellite and terrestrial network data center, cloud and
cybersecurity services.

About Avanti Communications:

Avanti connects people wherever they are – in their homes, businesses,
in government and on mobiles. Through the HYLAS satellite fleet and
partners in 118 countries, the network provides ubiquitous internet
service to a quarter of the world's population. 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. The Group has invested $1.2bn in a network
that incorporates satellites, ground stations, datacentres and a fibre
ring. Avanti has a unique Cloud-based customer interface that is
protected by patented technology. Avanti Communications is listed in
London on AIM (AVN:L).

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