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Bittium's tactical backbone network selected as a part of the new Austrian defence forces' tactical communication system.

NORDIC BUSINESS REPORT-November 26, 2018-Bittium's tactical backbone network selected as a part of the new Austrian defence forces' tactical communication system

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Bittium Oyj (HEL:BITTI), a specialist in the development of secure communications and connectivity solutions, announced on Friday that its cooperation partner in Austria, information technology company Kapsch BusinessCom AG, was informed on 23 November 2018 by the Austrian defence administration (Bundesministerium fur Landesverteidigung, BMLV) that it has been selected as the provider of the new IP-based tactical communication system for the Austrian defence forces.

Reportedly, Bittium's products for tactical communications are a significant part of Kapsch BusinessCom's bid, including the Software Defined Radio based Bittium Tactical Wireless IP Network (TAC WIN) system, which will be the core of the new communication system, as well as Bittium Tough Comnode and Bittium Tough VoIP products.

After this decision by the Austrian defence administration, a 10-day appeal period starts, during which, the losing parties of the competitive bidding can make a complaint of the ministry's decision to the court. This is a typical process in such public competitive bidding.

If this decision materialises, Bittium's share of the total value of the winning bid will be around EUR30m (excluding VAT). The product deliveries are expected to take place during the years 2019-2021 and the majority of the net sales is estimated realize during the years 2020 and 2021. This will not change Bittium's financial outlook for the year 2018, the company added.

This bid was made for a large-scale, internationally tendered programme called the Future Tactical Communications Network (FTCN). Under this programme, the tactical communications of the Austrian defence forces will be renewed with a complete IP -based (Internet Protocol) system. The core of the system will be the Software Defined Radio based Bittium Tactical Wireless IP Network (TAC WIN) system.

Kapsch BusinessCom will integrate and deliver the complete system to the Austrian defence forces, including also their own and third-party solutions.

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