SALT LAKE CITY, March 10, 2015 – L-3 Communication Systems-West (L-3 CS-West) has been selected by Laser Light™ Communications, LLC (Laser Light™) to be the prime contractor in providing its StarEdge™ Ground Node Systems for Laser Light’s SpaceCable™ network, the first all-optical commercial satellite system with a global hybrid communications infrastructure. SpaceCable combines the power of satellites with the power of free space optics (“lasers”) to transmit data at rates 100 times faster than conventional radio frequency (RF) satellite systems. L-3’s innovations will allow SpaceCable to deliver fiber-equivalent bandwidth connections while maintaining carrier-grade performance with low operating costs. The all-optical network is scheduled for deployment in late 2017.
The network connections that L-3 CS-West will provide for the program – referred to as Global Access Circuits™ – allow direct communications to over 100 Points of Presence (PoPs) around the globe and will be seamlessly integrated with today’s ground service networks. L-3’s advanced networking technology also manages multiple StarEdge ground node locations to eliminate slowdowns from network congestion, outages or potential weather interruptions, ensuring dependable customer communications equivalent to global carrier services.
“L-3’s extensive experience in the development, integration and deployment of large-scale, complex telecommunications systems makes it the ideal partner to deliver the next breakthrough in high-bandwidth global communications – Laser Light’s SpaceCable service,” said Robert Brumley, CEO of Laser Light Communications. “L-3’s StarEdge units are planned to be the key point of integration between Laser Light’s Optical Satellite System and its global terrestrial network, intended to ensure seamless connectivity and network management between the two.”
“We are pleased to be teamed with Laser Light to provide a truly groundbreaking capability for worldwide communications. L-3’s unique blend of enabling technologies and large-scale design experience – including satellite systems, terrestrial infrastructure and laser communications – provides unmatched value to Laser Light,” added Andrew Ivers, president of L-3 CS-West. “Our role in SpaceCable also benefits our valued military customers as they consider laser technology for advanced wireless networking applications.”
Laser Light’s all-optical network – with no service dependency on the congested radio frequency spectrum – will deliver six terabits per second of global communications system bandwidth. L-3’s StarEdge Ground Node System enables SpaceCable to be fully integrated with the existing global terrestrial and submarine fiber telecommunications infrastructure of carriers, enterprises, governments and virtual private networks.
As a leading provider of secure, networked, ultrahigh bandwidth solutions for high-performance terrestrial and satellite communications deployed in over 40 countries, L-3 has evolved laser communications solutions for both commercial and government customers over the last decade. In 2012, L-3 demonstrated a laser-based, mobile mesh network with both aircraft and ground nodes, employing a ruggedized 100 Gbps mobile backbone-class router to provide comprehensive network management. L-3’s software-defined networking technologies, combined with its advanced, cognitive network control algorithms, allow efficient operations of highly mobile networks with terabits of capacity.
About Laser Light™ Communications, LLC
Laser Light Communications, LLC (www.laserlightcomms.com) is a Delaware-registered limited liability company. Laser Light intends to be the first Optical Satellite Service provider of telecommunications solutions along its SpaceCable HYBRID network, serving the highbandwidth data and next-generation service needs of carriers, enterprises and government agencies around the world.
About L-3 Communication Systems-West
L-3 Communication Systems-West (L-3 CS-West) is a leader in communication systems for high-performance networks, including intelligence collection, imagery processing and satellite communications for the Department of Defense (DoD) and other customers. The company provides high data rate, wideband, secure, real-time communication systems for surveillance and reconnaissance. To learn more about L-3 CS-West, please visit the company’s website at www.L-3com.com/csw.
Headquartered in New York City, L-3 employs approximately 45,000 people worldwide and is a prime contractor in aerospace systems and national security solutions. L-3 is also a leading provider of a broad range of communication and electronic systems and products used on military and commercial platforms. The company reported 2014 sales of $12.1 billion. To learn more about L-3, please visit the company’s website at www.L-3com.com.
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