Over the first ten years, Newtec was only involved in research and development on behalf of the European Space Agency. Today, Newtec still enjoys an excellent relationship with the ESA and the Federal Science Policy Department (BELSPO).
Our ambitious R&D reinvestment policy has led to Newtec being regarded as a front-runner in a range of innovative, satellite communication technologies that are now considered to be industry standards (such as DVB, DVB-S2, DVB RCS, iSatTV and CPM).
In 1994, the European satellite communication market was deregulated. Newtec seized the opportunity to use its technical know-how to develop further and began working on its own product development strategy.
In 1996, Newtec successfully began selling satellite communication Digital Video Broadcast (DVB) modulation equipment. These Newtec DVB modulators were a huge commercial success and played a crucial role in the digitalization of television transmission via satellite.
Newtec America was set up in 1997 and signified the start of the company’s expansion process. In 2001, Newtec Asia-Pacific was launched in Singapore and, since 2005, offices have been opened in China, the Middle East, South America and Germany in order to provide improved services for customers.
In 2000, Newtec started developing complete satellite broadband systems. This led to success stories such as the award winning MENOS® (Multimedia Exchange Network over Satellite), but also one of the world’s best internet broadband via satellite solutions thanks to the successful Sat3Play® (broadband internet solution for the consumer, SME and Enterprise) and FlexACM® (data IP backbone over satellite) products.
Over the years, Newtec has expanded its knowledge and product range via various national and international acquisitions: Teamtec, a Belgian company producing high-tech electrical equipment based in Erpe-Mere, was acquired in 2002. Tellitec, located in Berlin and specializing in software solutions for internet transmission via satellite, was acquired by Newtec in 2004 in order to pursue a deeper integration of the worlds of satellite communication and internet protocol (IP).
In 2007, TurboConcept was acquired. This Brest-based, specialist French company develops wireless communication on the basis of Turbo and Low-Density Parity-Check (LDPC) codes, a crucial element for the new DVB-S2 satellite transmission standard. The take-over of Turboconcept was also a significant step for the development of a new and extremely efficient satellite modulation system ‘4CPM’ that is now used in a number of Newtec products.
These acquisitions and their effective integration within the global Newtec group, ensured that Newtec was able to strengthen its lead within the world of technological innovation and production.
Serge Van Herck, an enterprising Vlerick-educated engineer with years of international management experience in the satellite sector, courtesy of Belgacom, Eutelsat and Accenture, was recruited by Newtec in 2003, taking on the role of CEO.
In June 2006, Serge Van Herck hired Emmanuel Schellekens as CFO in order to prepare the company for further financial expansion.
Newtec has continued to be successful in terms of its growth plans despite the economic crisis that began at the end of 2008. Product innovation, customer-focus, product quality, marketing efforts and a passion for the improvement of every employee are the most important reasons for this success. With a growth in turnover between 2004 and 2009 of over 140%, Newtec has clearly demonstrated that its growth ambitions can be achieved.
We proudly claim that over 3 billion people across the globe watch television every day thanks to Newtec technology; without Newtec DVB modulators, almost all television transmission chains would go down.
The list of customers that use Newtec equipment for television transmission is also impressive: all European TV broadcasters that form part of Eurovision, such as VRT, RTBF, BBC, all Arabic broadcasters that form part of the Arab States Broadcasting Union (ASBU), the Chinese government (SARFT - State Academy for Radio and Television), CNN, CBS, Fox, Al Jazeerah, RAI, RTL, TDF, TF1, SES Astra, Eutelsat, Intelsat, Arabsat, Deutsche Telekom, Orange, Singtel, Telefonica, Vodacom, Cisco, and many others.