Impact of HTS: Interview with Newtec CEO

Wednesday 30 December 2015
Impact of HTS: Interview with Newtec CEO


WTA’s Membership Director, Randall Barney, has interviewed Newtec’s CEO Serge Van Herck to share his viewpoints, experience and knowledge on High Throughput Satellites (HTS). This interview is part of WTA's Executive Dialogues.

Watch the following video or read the interview in below's text.  Anyway, share your thoughts via the comment box at the end of this page.


Randal - InterviewAre you incorporating high-throughput technologies into your customer solutions right now? 


Serge: HTS is absolutely an important evolution. We think this will generate quite some novelties in our market; we don’t expect HTS will kill the other satellites that we know today but it will definitely be an important complement. In that respect, we have further developed our products in order to be able to work on HTS in the most efficient way. So, bringing more throughput, bringing higher availability of the signal – these are some of the capabilities we have brought into our products in order to get the most benefit out of HTS.

As a company, we are very proud that recently we have signed important deals, both with Intelsat for its upcoming EPIC satellite but also with Yahsat for its upcoming Al Yah 3 HTS satellite, with coverage over Brazil and Africa. In that respect, we are very happy those operators have selected our Newtec Dialog technology to start powering their satellites and providing HTS services, both for professional news and for consumer broadband applications.

Do you agree that HTS can unlock new markets for your company? If so, what are they? 


Serge: For us, as a technology company, we definitely see an important opportunity with HTS. HTS brings much more capacity in the sky than we have been used to and with more capacity in the sky we expect a bigger demand for technology on the ground. In that respect, we really believe HTS will for a company like us, as an equipment provider, definitely be a big growth engine.

Does HTS change your relationships with customers and suppliers? Does it affect your ability to provide VAS as a core business? 

SergeSergeNo, mainly because we stay loyal to our customers, meaning we provide technology to our customers and partners.

We have no intention to start operating a service – so, we don’t intend to become a satellite operator or service provider and start competing with our customers of today.  In that respect, we definitely don’t foresee the relationship with our customer changing.

We expect certain relations might evolve; we expect more and more satellite operators will also become service providers, as the complexity of HTS is definitely posing a problem to certain VSAT service providers, but we expect in the future we will continue to serve VSAT service providers and satellite operators with our technologies.

Compared with today, what role do you expect HTS capacity to play in your business three years from now?

SergeSerge: We think HTS will further grow in different types of applications. Where today we definitely see HTS being used on Ka-band for consumer broadband, we expect HTS, especially on Ku-band, will also be used for more professional types of application, especially with Newtec Dialog, which includes the Mx-DMA as return technology. So, we see a definite enabler for customers to start providing more professional types of services on HTS, definitely on Ku-band but also even on Ka-band.

Thank you Randall for this interview!

Harnessing HTS Technology in a Multiservice Era

As our satellite industry continues to evolve, one area which remains of interest and continues to promise potential is HTS – particularly when we consider this technology in relation to the rise of multiservice networks and the different applications beginning to leverage the benefits of it.

Watch our webinar and click through the slides as presented, featuring:

  • The Rise of HTS
  • 5 Ways HTS will Impact our Business
  • Use Cases.