ISTANBUL, Turkey and SINT-NIKLAAS, Belgium — Dec. 6, 2010 — Newtec, a global leader in satellite communications, today announced that PALS Electronics has successfully achieved the Multimedia Exchange Network over Satellite (MENOS) certification of its vehicle-mounted and flydrive satellite antenna systems for use with Newtec’s ASBU-MENOS OpenDSNG networking solution. The certification process ensures that the proposed solution is fully compliant with the MENOS OpenDSNG standards and can be used in the MENOS network operated by the Arab States Broadcasting Union (ASBU) on Arabsat satellite capacity.
“We are delighted to join the MENOS OpenDSNG program and look forward to offering this solution to our customers,” says Fikret Guzel, General Manager of PALS. “This program will complement and future-proof our next generation of IP-based products by meeting the needs of broadcast customers with traditional equipment as well as early adopters of the latest technology.”
The award-winning MENOS network is a revolutionary all-IP networking solution for exchanging multimedia content over satellite. It enables fully automated, cost-effective sharing of video and radio content among scattered sites. For broadcasters facing unprecedented business challenges, Newtec’s MENOS OpenDSNG solution provides key benefits, including flexible multi-network usage, and significant CAPEX and OPEX savings. PALS’ integrated solution will work either in MENOS or traditional DSNG mode, with software in the PALS system controller allowing the user to select which mode to be used.
The MENOS system includes a complete range of tools to facilitate coordination of video and radio exchange tasks while also providing additional IP services across the network. Advanced DVB-S2 modulation technology including Newtec’s unique LinkFlex capability, combined with the statistical multiplexing of data, voice, television and radio signals ensures optimal efficiency of the use of the satellite bandwidth.
Since October 2008, ASBU and Newtec have certified several professional integration partnering companies enabling them to join different certification programs on the MENOS system. ASBU encourages all interested integration partners to offer such MENOS-certified solutions. Broadcasters in the Middle East and North Africa are now able to acquire and use such MENOS-certified equipment for accessing ASBU’s MENOS exchange platform or any other privately operated open platform.
“This new certification demonstrates the increasing demand for powerful IP-based services in the Middle East region and in the broadcasting industry as a whole,” says Slaheddine Maaoui, Director General of the ASBU.
Serge Van Herck, CEO of Newtec, says, “PALS is a recognised leader in the DSNG market. We are pleased to find in PALS an additional MENOS partner that believes in the same core values: providing state-of-the-art solutions around customers’ needs.”
More information on MENOS is available at www.newtec.eu/MENOS and or by phone at +32.3.780-6500.
PALS Electronics Co. Ltd. (www.pals.com.tr) designs, manufactures and implements leading edge equipment, systems and latest technology for any broadband application in commercial, professional and military market sectors.
All PALS products and implementation services are used worldwide. Already for more than 20 years, PALS systems are extensively used by major broadcasters, satellite operators, system integrators, government and military organisations, telecommunication and DSNG/OBVAN service providers, news organizations and last but not least by major emergency and disaster recovery organisations.
PALS highly innovative range of products are designed and manufactured in-house to guarantee durability and value for your money.
The Arab States Broadcasting Union (ASBU, www.asbu.net) is a professional, non-profit organisation. It groups all the Arab governmental radio and television corporations. Since 1996, membership has been extended to Arab privately owned radio and television channels. ASBU has also been joined by non-Arab, foreign radio and television corporations as Affiliate Members. It holds an outstanding place among international and regional broadcasting unions with which it has strong professional relations.
ASBU has ever accorded a major importance to developing and promoting news and programs exchange between its members and strived hard to implement technical frames of leading edge technologies to support its exchange activities. ASBU has always been very active also in negotiating and acquiring TV rights for major sport events on behalf of its members. It offers also a wide range of professional services.
ASBU offers also its services to a large number of other Arab and international broadcasters
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.