EUTELSAT TO OFFER KU-BAND SATELLITE BROADBAND SERVICES INTO AFRICA USING
NEWTEC’S SAT3PLAY® TECHNOLOGY
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.
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
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
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
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.