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Arabsat and Newtec sign multi-million dollar agreement to launch HTS services in MEA.

From left: Eng. Wael M. Al-Buti, VP, Commercial Officer, Arabsat and Thomas van den Driessche, CEO, Newtec

Satellite operator, Arabsat and Newtec have signed a multimillion-dollar agreement at IBC2018 that extends their long-term partnership.

The new agreement will enable the launch of new High Throughput Satellite (HTS) services in the Middle East and Africa, including Enterprise broadband services, IP Trunking, VNO services 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 for any satellite application to provide the best connectivity experience.

“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,” commented Khalid Balkheyour, CEO at Arabsat.

“We chose to partner with Newtec after careful consideration of the market. We are confident that Newtec’s expertise will enlarge our addressable market and maximises the benefits of HTS to gain 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, enabling key markets in the Middle East and Africa regions, followed by extensive coverage of North-West Africa region and Southern Africa region. The full operational capacity is expected to be ready by Q1-2019. The underlying Dialog network will ensure flexible, scalable, cost effective and efficient operations for Arabsat customers.

Newtec Dialog is a multiservice VSAT platform, which enables operators to build and adapt satellite networking infrastructures according to specific needs. With Newtec’s modems, it provides a choice of three return technologies, including MF-TDMA, SCPC and Newtec’s unique, dynamic Mx-DMA, which reportedly the best qualities of both to provide dynamic bandwidth allocation with the highest level of efficiency.

“Maximising revenues with the highest profitability and at a minimised risk can be associated with our Newtec Dialog platform especially being used to maximise the benefits of HTS networks,” said Thomas Van den Driessche, CEO at Newtec.

“We are proud Arabsat has chosen us to enlarge their addressable market serving their most demanding customers, building on our long-term and very valued partnership.”

Newtec is showcasing the Newtec Dialog multiservice platform and its modem portfolio at IBC 2018 in hall 1, booth A49, while Arabsat is exhibiting at stand B38, also in hall 1.