Kymeta News

September 13, 2016

Kymeta and TECOM Bring New, Cutting Edge Antenna Technology to the Aviation Market

Partnership seeks to provide inflight entertainment and communications (IFEC) providers and airlines better efficiency and cost savings, through metamaterials based flat panel technology.

REDMOND, Washington – September 13, 2016 – Kymeta, the company delivering on the promise of global, mobile connectivity and TECOM, a Smiths Microwave brand and a leader in innovative design and manufacturing of high-performance antenna systems, today announced a Partner Development Program Agreement for the aviation market. Under the terms of the agreement, TECOM will incorporate Kymeta® mTenna® technology into an aviation grade terminal to demonstrate connectivity to a Ku-band satellite.
Kymeta’s flat panel satellite antenna technology offers a lightweight, low profile and low maintenance antenna that significantly cuts operational costs of aircraft connectivity by reducing the drag, weight, and maintenance compared to current aircraft satellite terminals. Kymeta is addressing an industry-wide issue and enabling a level of high-speed, global connectivity that crew and passengers want while in the air.

“Kymeta is thrilled to be working in partnership with TECOM to bring satellite connectivity solutions to bear for airlines and service providers” said Bill Marks, Chief Commercial Officer, Kymeta. “With this agreement, we’re one step closer to delivering the benefits of Kymeta’s satellite antenna technology to our aviation market customers.”
“TECOM looks forward to working with Kymeta to bring this innovative new satellite antenna technology to the aviation market,” said Greg Lackmeyer, Director, Business Development at TECOM. “Coupling Kymeta’s mTenna® antenna technology with our next generation RF transceiver is transformational for the global IFC marketplace. We consistently get requests for flat panel solutions from airlines and IFEC providers. The combination will provide our customers with unique technology that will enable lower operational costs while delivering high quality data throughput,” continued Lackmeyer.

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About Kymeta Corporation
Kymeta delivers on what connectivity is meant to be – secure, available, universal and global. Kymeta is removing barriers by providing an innovative means of leveraging satellite network capacity for high bandwidth communication access while on the move. The company’s first product, a software-enabled metamaterials-based electronic beamforming antenna for satellite communications, will keep boats, planes, cars and more connected.

The company has been awarded the 2016 AHEAD Innovators Award, which was closely preceded by the Frost & Sullivan 2016 New Product Innovation Award. The company has also been recognized as a CNBC Disruptor for two consecutive years, a FiReStarter by Strategic News Network and a top 50 MIT Technology Review Disruptive Company. Kymeta has formed significant partnerships with industry leaders including Toyota, Intelsat, Panasonic, Inmarsat, Airbus Defence & Space, Sharp, Intellian, O3b and more. If it moves, Kymeta will keep it connected. Anywhere. The company is based in Redmond, Washington and operates on a worldwide basis. For more information, please visit

Founded in 1971, the TECOM brand is a leader in the innovative design and manufacture of high-performance antenna solutions that meet the challenging requirements of defense and aerospace applications such as data link, electronic warfare and airborne satellite communications.

About Smiths Microwave
Smiths Microwave, is a leading provider of components, sub-assemblies, antennas and system solutions, primarily for defense, aerospace, and telecom applications, that test, filter, protect, and process high-frequency signals for wireless communication networks.
As a family of brands, Kaelus, RadioWaves, TECOM, TRAK, Transtector, PolyPhaser, LORCH, TRAK Limited, Millitech, EMC Technology, and Florida RF Labs provide exacting solutions for antenna systems for the military and commercial aerospace, transceivers, frequency sources, timing systems, component applications and a wide range of innovative RF, Microwave and surge protection solutions for the wireless telecommunications sector.

Alongside Smiths Connectors and Smiths Power, Smiths Microwave is part of the Smiths Interconnect division of Smiths Group,, a global leader in applying advanced technologies for markets in threat and contraband detection, energy, medical devices, communications and engineered components. Smiths Group employs more than 23,500 people in over 50 countries.

Business Inquiries for TECOM (Smiths Microwave)

Greg Lackmeyer
BD Director
TECOM Industries
+1 805.267.0110

Business Inquiries for Kymeta:
Lisa Dreher
Director of Marketing
Kymeta Corporation
+1 425.658.8724

Media Inquiries for Kymeta:
Brittany Larsen
Director of Public Relations
The Summit Group
+1 801.983.8464