C-COM Satellite Systems Inc. – Connecting the World
It takes vision and hard work to stand up to the status of a pioneer in an industry of the future. C-COM Satellite Systems Inc. was founded in 1997 with the intent of designing and developing systems capable of delivering high-speed Internet over satellite onto movable structures at a time when there was a growing demand for Internet services worldwide. The unavailability of technology to make the internet connectivity transportable provided a massive business opportunity.
C-COM has been consistently at the forefront of developing new and innovative auto-pointing satellite antenna products to meet the ever-changing needs of global markets. Their goal is to provide connectivity in unserved or underserved areas using vehicles, transportable structures, trailers, or quick-deploy antennas.
The company went public in 2001 (TSXV: CMI and OTCQB: CYSNF) and has a steady track record of profitability. It has over $25 million in working capital, has no debt, and pays dividends.
The ability to design and develop highly advanced, cost-effective, and reliable products which survive very harsh climates says a lot about the company’s high standards. C-COM is also known for its industry-leading technical support and an extensive inventory of ready-to-ship products, which makes it possible to deliver to urgently needed product during emergencies like tsunamis, earthquakes, or floods
The company has been the talk of the Canadian telecommunications industry and won many profitability awards.
They also won an award from Softbank in Japan for providing satellite antenna systems for cellular backhaul, which ensured rapid restoration of cellular services within hours following the Fukushima Tsunami Disaster.
C-COM manufactures over 20 different antenna models. These have been deployed worldwide with almost all satellite providers. The Company’s iNetVu® brand is synonymous with high quality, reliability, and cost-effectiveness.
C-COM is in late-stage development of a potentially revolutionary Ka-band, electronically steerable, modular, conformal, flat panel phased array antenna. C-COM is engaged in the design of this unique antenna with the intent of providing low-cost, high-throughput mobility applications over satellite for land, airborne and maritime verticals. According to recent market research, this should bring C-COM into a new market which by 2026 could be worth $42.8 billion dollars.
The company has delivered over 8500 antenna systems to several business verticals such as Oil & Gas Exploration, Military Communications, Disaster Management, SNG, Emergency Communications, Cellular Backhaul, Telemedicine, Mobile Education, Government Services, Mobile Banking and others.
A Lean People Company
Given the size of the business, the company has a lean and agile people model with 34 employees; 4 are based at the University of Waterloo where they are leading the Research and Development process of the new revolutionary phased array antenna. The work environment is technically challenging, and the company allows employees to use their design creativity to develop new and exciting products and address problems.
The Leadership Team
Dr. Leslie Klein is the Founder of C-COM Satellite Systems Inc.
Dr. Klein is an Electrical (Professional) Engineer (BASc, MBA, Ph.D.). Dr. Klein was employed by such notable corporations as Hewlett Packard, Digital Equipment Corporation, IBM, Control Data Corporation, and Bell Northern Research. He has been involved in the high-technology business over the past 40 years and has founded several successful computer hardware and service companies in Canada and the US.
A research lab is named after him at the University of Waterloo, and he supports five undergraduate scholarships every year at the same University.
Helping Leslie Klein lead the company is a team of highly accomplished professionals.
Bilal Awada, B.A.Sc., M.A.Sc., is Co-founder and CTO who oversees project development, R&D, and the Engineering group. With over 33 years of experience, his expertise covers Design, Development, Testing, and Field Roll-out. Before joining C-COM, he worked with at the Communications Research Centre of Canada as a senior research engineer on multi-nation NATO research projects.
Art Slaughter, CPA-CA, CFA, was appointed CFO of C-COM on March 13, 2020. Art has a diverse business background: General Management, Banking, CFO roles, and consulting across several industries.
Gadi Sela, B. Eng (Electrical and Communications) Director of Operations, Customer Support & System Integration, has 27+ years of satellite industry and leadership experience.
He is currently responsible for Operations, Customer Support and System Integration projects.
The company is well-positioned to address the robust growth of Low Earth Orbit Satellite constellations that are being launched and will eventually consist of multiple thousands of satellites. The C-COM developed Electronically Steered Phased Array antenna system is expected to capture the untapped on-the-move markets of terrestrial, marine, and aero applications that will be required to be deployed in conjunction with Low Earth Orbit satellites.
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