Comtech wins strategic $134.0 million contract to provide 911 public safety and security technologie
Comtech Telecommunications Corp. announced today, that during its second quarter of fiscal 2018, its Safety & Security Technologies group, which is part of Comtech's Commercial Solutions segment, was awarded a strategic multi-year contract valued at approximately $134.0 million from one of the largest wireless carriers in the United States to provide FCC mandated enhanced 911 ("E911") services.
Under this competitively awarded contract, this U.S. wireless carrier is expected to migrate existing and planned new cell sites from a competitive solution to Comtech's more advanced, secure and reliable 911 call routing technologies and Comtech will become the leading provider to this wireless carrier for E911 services for its nationwide 3G, 4G, and 5G networks. Comtech's advanced solutions will support both current 911 infrastructure and Next Generation 911 networks. Next Generation 911 networks enable text messaging, image, data and video processing.
This new contract, which was issued in the form of an amendment to an existing contract, resulted in a significant increase to Comtech's existing backlog. The contract was effective immediately, has an initial expiration date during Comtech's first quarter of fiscal 2023 and will automatically renew, under certain conditions.
For more than fifteen years, Comtech has continuously provided this U.S. wireless carrier with a number of safety and security solutions including 911 call routing technologies. In 1996, the FCC issued an order requiring wireless carriers to determine and transmit the location of callers who dial 911. Comtech's E911 solutions facilitates compliance by identifying the assigned public service answering point (or dispatch center) and by delivering the caller's location information to public safety personnel who can respond and provide any necessary emergency services. Comtech's highly reliable safety and security technologies enable the successful handling of over four (4) million 911 calls and texts each month.
"Without any doubt, this contract award validates that Comtech's safety and security technologies are more advanced, secure and reliable than any existing competitive technology. We are honored that this carrier has selected us to perform this critical work for approximately 150 million of its end customers," said Fred Kornberg, President and Chief Executive Officer of Comtech Telecommunications Corp. "We fully appreciate the critical importance of wireless 911 routing and are proud of our 20-year history of providing 99.999% E911 routing service availability to our wireless and VoIP carriers."