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TECOM Announces KuStream™ 1000 Installation on Southwest Airlines

Thousand Oaks, CA (March 23, 2010) - TECOM Industries, Inc. today announced that its customer, Row 44 (Westlake Village, CA), a provider of airborne broadband connectivity, will install TECOM Industries’ KuStream™ 1000 antenna system on Southwest Airlines’ commercial fleet.  In January 2010, Southwest Airlines announced plans to equip more than 500 aircraft with Row 44’s In-flight Broadband Connectivity System.

The KuStream 1000 antenna system enables the Row 44 In-flight Broadband Connectivity System to provide passengers with live entertainment and communication, including high data rate applications such as full Internet access, VoIP services, cell phone roaming (via pico-cells in markets with appropriate regulation) and live television using IPTV.  The KuStream 1000 is a joint development effort of TECOM Industries and QEST Quantenelektronische Systeme GmbH of Germany.  QEST contributed core RF components such as the antenna aperture and the polarization control module, with TECOM contributing systems engineering, antenna positioning and control subsystems, product qualification, certification and after-sale support. 

Arsen Melconian, President of TECOM, said: “This selection by Row 44 validates our technical approach and is an acknowledgement of the hard work accomplished by the development team, our partner QEST, and all the major vendors.  I am extremely pleased about this installation and this is a major event for TECOM.”

 “After careful evaluation, Row 44 selected the TECOM KuStream antenna system,” said John Guidon, CEO of Row 44.  “We are pleased to have them as our supplier for the Southwest Airlines program.”

The KuStream 1000 has received FCC licensing for airborne transmit and receive.  TECOM has completed the requirements for environmental qualification of the KuStream 1000 and has applied for FAA Parts Manufacture Approval.  

About TECOM Industries, Inc.

TECOM Industries, Inc., part of Smiths Interconnect, is a leader in innovative design and manufacturing of high performance antennas and antenna systems for the aerospace, defense and commercial wireless applications.  TECOM’s antenna systems meet challenging RF requirements in telemetry, electronic warfare and broadband communications in the most demanding and severe environments.  As a key partner to blue chip customers, the TECOM team is adept at development and production of high volume antenna systems with excellent quality, reliability and on-time delivery.  TECOM is headquartered in Thousand Oaks, CA.  For more information visit our web site at www.tecom-ind.com.

About Smiths Interconnect

Smiths Interconnect www.smithsinterconnect.com is a recognised leader in technically differentiated electronic components and sub-systems providing signal, power and microwave solutions.  Our products connect, protect and control critical systems for wireless communications, aerospace, defence, space, medical, rail and industrial markets.  It is part of Smiths Group www.smiths.com, a global leader in applying advanced technologies for markets in threat and contraband detection, energy, medical devices, communications and engineered components.  Smiths Group employs around 22,000 people in more than 50 countries.


KuStream is a registered trademark of TECOM Industries, Inc.