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Arabsat And Newtec Sign Agreement To Provide HTS Coverage In Middle East And Africa

Executives from Arabsat and Newtec after signing the agreement. Photograph courtesy of Newtec.

Newtec – the Belgian company specialising in designing, developing, and manufacturing equipment and technologies for satellite communications – and Arab Satellite Communications (Arabsat) have signed a new multi-million Euro contract, expanding their long-term partnership.

The new agreement will enable the launch of new High Throughput Satellite (HTS) services throughout the Middle East and Africa, including enterprise and virtual network operator (VNO) services, IP Trunking, and mobile backhaul for 3G and 4G services.

Under the partnership, Arabsat will deploy a Newtec Dialog® platform with a variety of Newtec’s DVB-S2X Wideband modems. The specific modem used for each customer will depend on the market being served, with Newtec’s portfolio providing vertical-specific solutions to deliver the best connectivity experience for any satellite application.

“Expanding our partnership with Newtec in this way will help us meet rising market demand for high-throughput and high-performance services, pushing the boundaries of what is available today,” said Khalid Balkheyour, the CEO of Arabsat. “We chose to partner with Newtec after careful consideration of the market. We are confident that Newtec’s proven expertise will enlarge our addressable market and maximize the benefits of HTS to achieve highest efficiency and throughput. This helps us provide the high-quality, cost-effective services our customers expect.”

Once launched, the new services will use Arabsat satellite capacity, with the initial hub expected to be installed in Europe within the next month.

Newtec Dialog is a multiservice very small aperture terminal (VSAT) platform that enables operators to build and adapt satellite networking infrastructures according to specific needs.

“Our Newtec Dialog platform has a strong association with maximizing revenues to achieve the highest profitability, and with minimized risk, especially when being used to maximize the benefits of HTS networks,” said Thomas Van den Driessche, CEO of Newtec. “We are proud Arabsat has chosen us to enlarge its addressable market and serve its most demanding customers, building on our long-term and very valued partnership.”

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