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Kymeta prepares for KĀLO service launch

Flat panel antenna company Kymeta has formed a new KĀLO business unit in preparation for the launch of commercial availability of its new service, operating on the Intelsat satellite network.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}The KĀLO service will use Kymeta’s KyWay terminals and mTennau7 antenna subsystem modules (ASMs) to provide Ku-band connectivity with ‘by-the-gigabyte’ pricing, leveraging the IntelsatOne Flex managed services platform.

Dushyant Sukhija, an ex-Cisco executive who joined Kymeta’s executive leadership team in July 2017, will lead the KĀLO business unit as general manager and spearhead the upcoming launch of the service.

“I’m excited to work with our partner, Intelsat, to build a global communication and internet service solution,” said Mr Sukhija.

“Having worked with numerous communications companies, that spanned 142 countries, over 65 telecommunications service providers, and more than 1.9 billion subscribers while I was at Cisco, I know the complexities of a solution like this.”

“Doing this with a global network that brings high-throughput internet access to a multitude of mobile platforms will dramatically expand the reach of satellite communications, while simplifying the buying process for everyone.”

Kymeta says that it will be targeting maritime as one of the industry segments it expects to connect with KĀLO services, alongside other mobility sectors such as buses, airplanes, trains, and automobiles, as well as remote fixed applications and IoT installations.

The company says it is also working on a range of pricing plans that it expects to be significantly different to most current satellite industry offerings.

“Satellite services today are expensive and difficult to buy,” said Mr Sukhija.

“Current satellite services customers often must predict their usage in advance. Imagine having to know exactly where you will be using your phone and how much data you will use three, six, or even 36 months from now. With KĀLO internet access services, we’re focused on taking the guesswork out of purchasing satellite services, and making it as easy as purchasing a cell phone data plan.”

KĀLO services are expected to be commercially available later this year, with Dr Nathan Kundtz, president and CEO of Kymeta, noting that the company’s ultimate goal was to make connecting to satellite internet “as easy as delivering a pizza.”

“All you need is our antenna, that is like a pizza box that delivers the internet. You can put it on anything that moves, even in the most remote locations, and it provides access to the internet,” he said.{/mprestriction}

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