SmartSky Networks Partners with DragonWave Inc. for Supply and Installation Services

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  • Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, NC-SC (1888PressRelease) June 07, 2017 - SmartSky Networks, LLC, an aviation communications provider launching America's first airborne 4G LTE network, is announcing a new partnership with Canada-based DragonWave Inc. (DRWI) to implement product supply and installation services. DragonWave is the leading provider of high-capacity packet microwave solutions driving next-generation IP networks.

    SmartSky will be utilizing DragonWave's Harmony Enhanced and Harmony EnhancedMC solutions to deliver high-capacity backhaul for SmartSky's air-to-ground 4G LTE network. Harmony EnhancedMC is a high-capacity packet microwave that builds upon the Harmony Enhanced family by delivering a multi-carrier channel system, doubling the capacity in a single ODU. Harmony EnhancedMC is ideal for the long-path lengths in the SmartSky network due to its high-system gain.

    The partnership is announced on the heels of SmartSky's $170 million Series B financing, completing the equity funding for the distribution of its nationwide network. To date, SmartSky has raised roughly a quarter of a billion dollars in equity capital.

    "The DragonWave Harmony EnhancedMC product solution offers our desired capacity requirements for SmartSky," said Vice President of Services and Architecture Dave Claassen of SmartSky. "Harmony EnhancedMC delivers simple installation, operation and sophisticated remote management, so we are thrilled to partner with them."

    The SmartSky Network has begun deploying the nation's first airborne 4G LTE-based air-to-ground (ATG) network. The formal nationwide service launch is expected spring 2018 and will serve both business and commercial aviation. SmartSky's patented beamforming technology will provide more than 10 times the typical speed and capacity of the current industry standard ATG network by using 60 MHz of spectrum.

    "SmartSky's innovative high-capacity and low-latency inflight network made this an easy partnership to forge," said DragonWave President and CEO Peter Allen. "The Harmony EnhancedMC achieves the highest degree of spectral efficiency, delivering more capacity per channel with a longer reach than any other all-outdoor microwave system."

    To learn more about SmartSky, visit, call 800-660-9982 or emailing info ( @ ) smartskynetworks dot com dot

    About SmartSky Networks
    Headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, SmartSky Networks was formed in 2011 by senior aviation and telecommunications executives seeking to transform aviation using disruptive communications technologies. Working with leading aerospace and technology partners, SmartSky is beginning the rollout of its innovative, air-to-ground network, SmartSky 4G LTE, this year. The network takes advantage of patented spectrum reuse and advanced beamforming technologies combined with 60 MHz of spectrum for significantly enhanced connectivity. SmartSky 4G LTE delivers data to the aircraft with speeds comparable to next generation satellite solutions and provides unmatched speeds when getting data off the aircraft. A real-time bidirectional link without the latency of satellite systems means SmartSky 4G LTE is a key enabler for new and enhanced apps, services, and hardware. To learn more, visit

    About DragonWave Inc.
    DragonWave® is a leading provider of high-capacity packet microwave solutions that drive next-generation IP networks. DragonWave's carrier-grade point-to-point packet microwave systems transmit broadband voice, video and data, enabling service providers, government agencies, enterprises and other organizations to meet their increasing bandwidth requirements rapidly and affordably. The principal application of DragonWave's portfolio is wireless network backhaul, including a range of products ideally suited to support the emergence of underlying small cell networks. Additional solutions include leased line replacement, last mile fiber extension and enterprise networks. DragonWave's corporate headquarters is located in Ottawa, Ontario, with sales locations in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and North America. For more information, visit

    DragonWave® is a registered trademark of DragonWave Inc.

    Forward-Looking Statements
    Certain statements in this release constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of applicable securities laws. Forward-looking statements include statements as to DragonWave's growth opportunities and the potential benefits of, and demand for, DragonWave's products. These statements are subject to certain assumptions, risks and uncertainties, including our view of the relative position of DragonWave's products compared to competitive offerings in the industry. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such statements. DragonWave's actual results, performance, achievements and developments may differ materially from the results, performance, achievements or developments expressed or implied by such statements. Risk factors that may cause the actual results, performance, achievements or developments of DragonWave to differ materially from the results, performance, achievements or developments expressed or implied by such statements can be found in the public documents filed by DragonWave with U.S. and Canadian securities regulatory authorities. DragonWave assumes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as expressly required by law.

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