NXTCOMM Announces Opening of New Antenna Production Facility
NXT Communications Corporation (NXTCOMM), a new wireless connectivity company in metro Atlanta, announced today that it has opened a new 10,000-square-foot production facility that will produce the first cost-efficient, commercially viable electronically steered antenna to meet worldwide demand for affordable broadband connectivity on the move.
Situated in Cherokee County, Georgia, the facility will produce next-generation, satellite broadband antennas for the satellite, aviation, trucking and other mobility and fixed wireless markets. The location will house executive management and administration, engineering, supply chain, quality, production, integration, assembly and test capabilities.
“We are excited to open our facility in Georgia, a transportation, logistics and aerospace hub nurtured by leading R&D institutions like Georgia Tech, strong engineering and technical schools and a tech-savvy workforce,” says Dave Horton, NXTCOMM co-founder and CEO.
NXTCOMM is initially targeting airline inflight connectivity and land mobile applications such as rail and trucking fleets and first responders. The commercial market for connected equipment and services across aviation, maritime, land-mobile and connected vehicle industries combined is expected to exceed $500B in the next 10 to 15 years.
Many satellite equipment manufacturers have struggled to solve the ground segment challenge of delivering efficient and high-performance electronically steered antennas needed for broadband applications.
“Unlike traditional antenna designs, our antennas are modular by design and easily mass-producible in any form factor to meet global demand for wireless connectivity – anywhere,” explains Horton.
“Our goal is to drive production efficiencies with our next-generation, modular, high-performing antenna designs, a lower-cost product and connectivity service solutions supporting the mobile connectivity marketplace,” says Tim Morton, NXTCOMM’s co-founder, and president.
Officials plan to begin over-the-air testing of the aero antenna in the fourth quarter with initial low-rate production in early 2021.
NXTCOMM intends to introduce other products and services to comms-on-the-move markets in the next year, and will add 50 full-time positions, half of which will be specialized engineering roles, in the next 18 months.
“We are excited to have NXTCOMM in Cherokee and look forward to further partnerships and much success as they continue to empower connectivity within the satellite and mobility markets,” says Marshall Day, chairman of the Cherokee Office of Economic Development.
About NXT Communications Corporation (NXTCOMM)
NXTCOMM empowers connectivity in today’s mobile world. Led by satellite veterans who understand the technology and market dynamics, NXTCOMM is developing highly efficient antenna technology and a better implementation model to deliver breakthrough mobile, high-speed connectivity solutions for the satellite and mobility marketplace.