Nautel Expands Maritime Communications Portfolio with International Acquisition

10 February 2022 • Press Releases

France based Radio Communications Innovator Kenta joins the Nautel family of companies and adds significant GMDSS and maritime communications market presence.

Hackett’s Cove, Nova Scotia (February 10th, 2021) – Nautel today announced that it has acquired ownership of innovative France based technology company Kenta. The addition expands Nautel’s existing offerings to customers in the maritime sector.

Kenta was established in 1990 and has gained extensive experience in the development of Radio Frequency Communication Systems, mainly in the area of Global Maritime Distress and Safety Systems (GMDSS) for telephony or voice transmission. The company offers complete turnkey transmitter and receiver solutions for MF, HF and VHF systems and can provide both coastal stations and Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC) software. Kenta is a key provider of Software Defined Radio (SDR) technologies and maintains its own test laboratories for radio, EMC and environmental vibration and temperature testing; it operates out of its fully integrated design and manufacturing facility in Quimper, France.

“We are excited to welcome the Kenta team to the Nautel family,” said Kevin Rodgers, Nautel President and CEO. “Kenta’s products perfectly complement our existing navigation offerings, and their talented staff will help to expand our technology offerings.”

Former shareholders Hermann Zensen, Manuel Billot and Damien Bernard will remain as executives for Kenta.

“Nautel has achieved exceptional customer acceptance for its line of beacon transmitters and more recent success for its Sonar and Navigational products,” said Hermann Zensen, Kenta Head of Sales and Marketing, on behalf of the Kenta management team. “We believe this is a perfect partnership that makes more resources and opportunities available for our teams and allows Kenta to better serve our customers and continue our growth.”

About Nautel
Nautel is a leading manufacturer of sonar amplifiers, sonar transducers, navigational beacons, eLORAN, NAVTEX, weather radio, and broadcast transmitters. Three ISO-certified manufacturing facilities in North America provide comprehensive design, fabrication, assembly and testing. With over 16,000 transmitters deployed in over 177 countries since 1969, Nautel continues to lead the way in providing valuable new solutions for navigation and broadcast applications. See /

About Kenta
Kenta has gained recognized experience worldwide in the development of Radio Frequency Communication Systems, mainly in the GMDSS field for Telephony or Voice, DSC, AIS, NAVTEX etc. applications. KENTA has the complete solution for MF, HF and VHF systems (transmitters and receivers) and can provide both coastal stations and MRCC software (Server, VoIP, and DSC operator console, NAVTEX operator console etc.). Kenta is able to manage a complete project from the coverage study to the supply and the installation of Turnkey Radio Communication Projects. For more information visit

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For more information please contact:
John Whyte
Director of Marketing
[email protected]

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