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Comtech Telecommunications Receives First International Order for Mobile Data Communications System

May 15, 2001 at 12:00 AM EDT
Comtech Telecommunications Receives First International Order for Mobile Data Communications System

- Customer Is Value-Added Reseller in Venezuela
- Order Includes 500 Mobile Earth Terminals To Be Used By Truckers

MELVILLE, NY - May 15, 2001 - Comtech Telecommunications Corp. (Nasdaq: CMTL) announced today it has received a major international order for the mobile data communications system that the company has developed for the U.S. Army and commercial markets.

The order was placed with the company's Maryland subsidiary, Mobile Datacom Corp. by a value-added reseller (VAR) based in Venezuela. It includes 500 mobile earth terminals to be mounted on commercial trucks to enable the trucks to be tracked and for the location information to be communicated to the customers' facilities via satellite. Also included in the order is a Comtech Antenna Systems, Inc. antenna-system installed at the VAR's facility in Caracas, satellite access, and a variety of support services. First-year revenues from the sale are expected to exceed $1 million.

The mobile data communications system permits operators of trucks, aircraft, ships and other mobile units to monitor the movements of their vehicles and communicate with them on a real-time basis. Deliveries will begin almost immediately and will be completed this summer. Comtech is assisting in the installation of a Venezuelan data center that will backed up by Comtech's gateway facility in Germantown, Maryland.

Fred Kornberg, chairman and chief executive officer of Comtech Telecommunications, said the security made possible by the company's mobile data communications system is a major reason why it was selected for use in Venezuela. "The application of our system in Venezuela is quite remarkable," Mr. Kornberg said. "On three occasions, vehicles with our tracking and messaging technology were stolen, and all three were quickly recovered. Our system was used in each instance and on two occasions the thieves that stole the trucks were arrested. It is quite rewarding to see just how much our customers can benefit from our system, and I am pleased by their decision to award us this new contract."

Joel Alper, president and CEO of the Comtech Mobile Datacom Corp. unit added "The Venezuelan system uses our standard product in a very unique way. This new contract is a testimonial to how valuable the service is for our customers, and it highlights how our equipment and services can be adapted to meet the requirements of a variety of applications and environments."

Comtech Mobile Datacom Corp. (www.comtechmobile.com) (301-428-2100) a Germantown, Maryland-based company, is engaged in the provision of satellite-based packet data communication systems and services for the land transportation, remote sensing, utility and aviation markets.

Comtech Telecommunications Corp. is an innovative player in the domestic and global high-technology markets. Through its operating units, Comtech pursues opportunities in three interrelated market segments: telecommunications transmission, RF microwave amplifiers, and mobile data communications services. In each of these segments, growth is driven by increasing demand for telecommunications infrastructure and network and messaging services. The company's specialties include the design and manufacture advanced products and networks used for transmission of voice, data and video using satellite, over-the-horizon microwave, terrestrial line of sight and other wireless communications systems. More than 275 distinct Comtech products are in service in more than 100 countries.