In 2016, Newtec continued to drive innovation in its technologies and partnerships worldwide.
As the satellite industry continues to rapidly develop, the increase of capacity supply across all markets and verticals drives new developments and technological breakthroughs. The combination of innovations in multiservice platforms, such as very high throughput modems and high-rate modulation and bandwidth allocation, and the increased capacity and performance provided by High Throughput Satellites (HTSs) enable service providers to capitalize on high-value markets such as maritime connectivity and cellular backhaul. Here, the ability to marry reliability and efficiency is paramount as operators are under pressure to extend services in the most cost-effective way while satisfying ever-increasing end-customer demand.
Additionally, HTSs are instrumental to deliver more traditional VSAT services, such as broadband and enterprise connectivity, and are becoming more prominent in delivering broadcast services.
It is exciting to see our Newtec Dialog® multiservice platform demonstrating its flexibility across different markets for a wide range of customers and applications. Our partnership with Panasonic Avionics marked the entry into the In-Flight Connectivity (IFC) market and was a proud moment in Newtec’s history.
The latest release of Newtec Dialog (1.3) saw us enter the mobility market, while the platform has also continued to be popular among broadcasters, service providers and government & defense customers. We marked another first with the release of the MDM5000 Satellite Modem – the first-ever DVB-S2X high throughput VSAT modem, targeting the high-end mobility, trunking and HTS markets.
Developed with Panasonic, our new high-bandwidth satellite modem was announced in November and will be available across Panasonic’s mobility markets, including air transport, business aviation and maritime.
Panasonic’s Global Communications network covers 100% of all major oil & gas hotspots worldwide, 99.6% of aero traffic routes, and more than 98% of global maritime routes. Utilizing this network, the modem will enable consistent delivery of high-speed broadband communications and digital entertainment services.
The modem can exceed 400 Mbps and will facilitate the continued layering of HTS and Extreme-Throughput Satellite (XTS™) over Panasonic’s current global network, expanding to over 15,000 MHz by 2017. It features three demodulators for seamless beam switching and simultaneous data and video reception, as well as Newtec’s Mx-DMA® dynamic bandwidth allocation.
The MDM5000 saw Newtec strengthen its pioneering reputation. Used as part of the Newtec Dialog platform, the modem can receive wideband carriers of up to 140 MHz, with throughputs exceeding 200 Mbps. On the return channel, it supports SCPC, TDMA and Mx-DMA, up to 80 Mbps. In addition, the MDM5000 enhances Newtec Dialog by providing further support for Small- to Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs), general enterprise networks, Satellite News Gathering (SNG), government, oil & gas and cellular backhaul.
Newtec’s latest software version of Newtec Dialog (1.3) also included new updates for the mobility sector. Release 1.3 features the Dialog Mobility Manager (DMM) – a centralized process that orchestrates all aspects of beam switching. A rich set of APIs provides unprecedented control over beam switching logic, facilitating network load balance, least cost routing and regulatory compliance.
Overcoming the Digital Divide
A more traditional service enhanced by Newtec technology is satellite broadband, with Newtec Dialog helping users in remote areas get online for the first time.
Kacific Broadband Satellites chose Newtec Dialog to help deliver Internet connectivity, initially, to schools in the Republic of Vanuatu, with the service set to expand to ultimately benefit the whole of South-East Asia and the Pacific.
Newtec Dialog was also selected by Avanti to support its ECO initiative (ESA PPP). The project will provide affordable satellite broadband connectivity to 1,400 community sites including schools, community and health initiatives, governments, telecom providers, mobile network operators and Internet service providers in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Last but not least, we are pleased Newtec plays a major part in Yahsat’s expansion into new and existing territories and markets as Newtec Dialog further boosts Yahsat’s coverage to an additional 19 countries and 600 million users, covering more than 95% of Brazil’s population.
Boost for Broadcasters
Multiservice networks also play a key role in broadcast and the Educational Media Foundation (EMF), which operates American radio channels K-Love and Air 1 Radio, is among our new customers. With 500 radio stations across the United States, Newtec Dialog was set-up at two locations, enabling geographically redundant broadcast services and allowing the distribution carrier to be shared with the VSAT forward link, reducing the space segment required.
We also strengthened our partnership with the Arab Satellite Communications organization (Arabsat), providing Newtec Dialog to enhance its Direct-to-Home (DTH) services, as well as its government and telecoms offerings. Two technology demonstrations of the solution provided are planned for next year, including CABSAT show 2017.
More Airborne Modems
Our history in defense meant we were a natural fit for the Canadian Department of National Defence (DND), which selected Newtec to provide its MDM9000 Satellite Modem (air and ground version) – a ruggedized ATR-size airborne modem providing High Data Rate (HDR), Beyond Line-Of-Sight (BLOS) airborne communication between the airborne platform and the DND ground network. The modem will be used on the force’s Aurora fleet as part of its Aurora Incremental Modernization Project Block IV upgrades.
Weathering the Storm
Another highlight was been chosen by the Telekom Austria Group for the upgrade of EUMETCast – its primary dissemination mechanism for the near real-time delivery of satellite data and products. Implemented in two phases, an additional 18 MHz of satellite bandwidth was made available first, with this being upgraded to 36 MHz by mid-2017. The additional transponder will be established at Telekom Austria Group’s Aflenz teleport, with a back-up uplink available at its teleport in the so-called “Vienna Arsenal” area. Due to the good performance of the current DVB-S2 service, the second transponder will also use the Newtec MDM6000 Satellite Modems.
Growing Across Continents
Growth across all regions was a high point in 2016, particularly in South East Asia, where we signed an agreement with the 54th Research Institute of China Electronics Technology Group Corporation (CETC54). This strengthened the relationship between Newtec and the Chinese market, where CETC54 will use Newtec’s technology in its newest VSAT systems. The partnership will enable Newtec to source RF and antenna products for more elaborate and efficient ground segment solutions.
Awards for Newtec and its Solutions
Newtec’s ongoing innovation and technological advancement didn’t go unnoticed, with three awards presented to the company during 2016.
Release 2.0 of our MCX7000 Multi-Carrier Satellite Gateway received “Best Cable or Satellite IP Solution” at the CSI Awards.
“We are excited to win this award for the upgrades we have made to the MCX7000 which now provides customers with multi-modulator capability. With this, we can help customers launch the services that they need. Operators can reduce costs and increase growth.”
Johan De Nolf, Product Manager at Newtec
Our Mx-DMA technology won “Best Ground Segment Technology” at the VSAT Global awards.
“I dedicate this award to our great engineers working hard to shape the Satcom future. The biggest winners are our customers using our Mx-DMA technology.”
Richard Schaap, Market Director Broadband Access & Executive Director Business Development
- We also prospered in the European Business Awards, winning “National Champion” in customer services.
No doubt these accolades will push us further in our mission to innovate and break new barriers as we look ahead to 2017.