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Eutelsat to offer KU-Band satellite broadband services into Africa using Newtec’s SAT3PLAY(R) Technology

by david.nunes




Eutelsat selects Newtec’s award winning Sat3Play® hub technology for its

teleport in Sardinia


PARIS, France, and SINT-NIKLAAS, Belgium, 9 September 2011. The broadband

subsidiary of Eutelsat Communications (Euronext Paris: ETL), Skylogic, has

selected leading satellite communications specialist Newtec in a

significant contract to supply its Sat3Play® hub technology. To be

installed at Skylogic’s Sardinia teleport, Newtec’s technology will

operate via Eutelsat Ku-band satellite capacity to ramp up the group’s

response to rapidly growing broadband markets in Africa.


With capacity commercialised on 27 satellites providing coverage across

Europe, the Middle East, Africa and significant parts of Asia as well as

the Americas, Eutelsat is one of the world’s leading satellite operators.


Sat3Play is a two-way satellite broadband system designed to deliver

IP-based services for ISPs wanting to offer competitive data, voice and

optional television services in areas where insufficient terrestrial

broadband connectivity is available.


“With the cost-efficient Newtec Sat3Play hub and end-user terminal

technology, we will be able to further broaden the scope of satellite

broadband connectivity at very attractive service fees for SOHOs, SMEs and

consumers in western and central Africa,” said Arduino Patacchini, CEO of

Skylogic, Eutelsat’s broadband subsidiary.


Patacchini added: “Several of Africa’s leading ISPs have shown clear

interest in distributing this service, which is set to become operational

later this year. We will provide connectivity services on a wholesale

basis to African ISPs, while Newtec will deliver its Sat3Play end-user

terminals directly to user ISPs.”


Serge Van Herck, CEO of Newtec, said: “Our cost efficient Ku Sat3Play

terminals include both FlexACM® technology as well as the revolutionary

4CPM modulation. This translates into a reliable, fast and cost effective

service offering for Eutelsat’s customers in Africa.”


Newtec and Eutelsat will be showcasing the Sat3Play terminal at the

IBC2011 show taking place at Amsterdam RAI between 8 – 13 September.



About Sat3Play


Sat3Play® (www.newtec.eu/Sat3Play) is Newtec’s affordable two-way

satellite broadband platform designed for IP-based multiple service

providers such as ISPs wanting to offer competitive voice, data and

television services in areas where insufficient terrestrial broadband

connectivity is available. Over 110’000 Sat3Play terminals have been

delivered yet.


Offering significant cost-of-ownership reductions through consumer

self-installation, DVB-S2 FlexACM® and adaptive return terminals, and a

flexible migration path from Ku to Ka band, Sat3Play is a highly effective

end-to-end solution. Newtec recently launched a new 800mW terminal for the

Sat3Play broadband system, bringing increased return speeds and higher

efficiency, as well as an additional 1m antenna for Sat3Play terminals.

These two additions extend the capabilities of Sat3Play for B2B



About Newtec


Newtec (www.newtec.eu) is a global industry leader, shaping the future of

satellite communications. Offering state-of-the-art products and scalable,

integrated solutions for broadcast, broadband access and backbone and

trunking applications, Newtec helps customers achieve greater efficiency,

increase performance and expand market reach.


With its passionate commitment to R&D and its strong relationship with the

European Space Agency (ESA), Newtec remains in the forefront of

technological development, continuing the pioneering contributions that

have led to industry standards including DVB, DVB-S2, DVB RCS and iSatTV

Cenelec pr EN50478.


Newtec’s worldwide customer base includes the industry’s most prestigious

broadcasters, satellite operators, telcos, systems houses and broadcasting

unions. Established in 1985 and headquartered in Belgium, Newtec has

regional offices as well as additional R&D centres located in Stamford,

Conn. (U.S.), Singapore (Singapore), Beijing (China), Dubai (UAE), São

Paulo (Brazil), Berlin (Germany) and France.


About Eutelsat Communications


Eutelsat Communications (Euronext Paris: ETL, ISIN code: FR0010221234,

www.eutelsat.com) is the holding company of Eutelsat S.A. With capacity

commercialised on 27 satellites that provide coverage over the entire

European continent, as well as the Middle East, Africa, India and

significant parts of Asia and the Americas, Eutelsat is one of the world’s

three leading satellite operators in terms of revenues. At 30 June 2011,

Eutelsat’s satellites were broadcasting more than 3,800 television

channels. More than 1,100 channels broadcast via its HOT BIRD™ video

neighbourhood at 13 degrees East which serves over 120 million cable and

satellite homes in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. The Group’s

satellites also serve a wide range of fixed and mobile telecommunications

services, TV contribution markets, corporate networks, and broadband

markets for Internet Service Providers and for transport, maritime and

in-flight markets.


Eutelsat’s broadband subsidiary, Skylogic, markets and operates access to

high speed internet services through teleports in France and Italy that

serve enterprises, local communities, government agencies and aid

organisations in Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas. Headquartered in

Paris, Eutelsat and its subsidiaries employ just over 700 commercial,

technical and operational employees from 30 countries.



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