Liquid Telecom and Newtec Win Global Award for Development of Always-On Satellite Links for Enterprises in Africa

Wednesday 24 May 2017
Liquid Telecom and Newtec Win Global Award for Development of Always-On Satellite Links for Enterprises in Africa
Els Baele, Marketing Communications Director at Newtec (left) with Tom Gleaves, Satellite Systems Engineer, Liquid Telecom (right)



LONDON, UK, 24 May 2017. A new satellite technology pioneered in Africa by Liquid Telecom and Newtec was among last night’s winners at the Global Telecoms Business Innovation Awards, picking up the accolade for Enterprise Service Innovation.

The prestigious Innovation Awards recognise the industry’s most innovative and successful project partnerships between operators and vendors over the last 12 months. 

Liquid Telecom and Newtec

Last year Liquid Telecom and Newtec deployed the first Mx-DMA® satellite links in Africa in response to increasing demand from enterprises wanting always-on satellite connectivity with channels always open and immediately available.

Mx-DMA is a new, dynamic bandwidth allocation technology from Newtec, which is featured on the company’s innovative Newtec Dialog® platform and adapted by Liquid Telecom for the African market. It provides high quality, dedicated connectivity to enterprises at a massively reduced cost by allowing bandwidth to be moved to where it is being demanded, exploiting the ‘bursty’ nature of an IP network – and providing TDMA-like on-demand variable bandwidth allocation with SCPC-like efficiencies.

This provides enterprises in Africa with dedicated always-on bandwidth allowing use of big data apps and constant corporate VPN links to HQs and other offices.

Gem Diamonds, a mining company in Botswana, was the first Mx-DMA deployment in Africa. Liquid Telecom and Newtec worked with VBN Services, an enterprise service provider in Botswana which manages the networks of Gem Diamonds.

Stuart Brown, CEO of VBN, said "With the unique Mx-DMA technology, Liquid Telecom and Newtec have developed and deployed a genuinely innovative  technology which results in immediate benefits – both for end-users and system integrators like ourselves.

“We’ve been waiting for this in Africa. Thanks to Mx-DMA, companies here can now have full duplex over satellite with minimal latency; a service which provides the capacity, speeds and quality needed for corporate data and voice services.

The Newtec Dialog platform with its unique, award-winning Mx-DMA technology is now available across Africa and suitable for all types of enterprises in Africa including banking, oil and gas, SMEs and enterprise networks, broadcast cellular backhaul, Government and defence.

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About Liquid Telecom

Liquid Telecom,,  is the leading independent data, voice and IP provider in Eastern, Central and Southern Africa. It supplies fibre optic, satellite and international carrier services to Africa’s largest mobile network operators, ISPs, financial institutions and businesses of all sizes.

Liquid Telecom has built Africa’s largest single fibre network currently spanning over 40,000km across borders and covering Africa’s fastest-growing economies where no fixed network has existed before. Working under various brands, the Liquid Telecom Group has operating entities in Botswana, DRC, Kenya, Lesotho, Mauritius, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, UK, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

The company has been named Best African Wholesale Carrier for the last five years at the annual Global Carrier Awards.


Newtec,, specialises in designing, developing and manufacturing equipment and technologies for satellite communications. As a pioneer in the industry, Newtec is dedicated to creating new possibilities for the broadcast, consumer and enterprise VSAT, Government and defence, cellular backhaul and trunking and mobility, offshore and maritime markets. Our products and technologies can be applied in a wide range of single and multiservice applications from DTH broadcasting, video contribution and distribution and disaster recovery and backbones for cellular backhauling, to small and medium enterprises, SCADA and oil and gas networks, aircrafts and vessels.

Since 1985, our dedicated team of specialists has set industry standards with the most efficient, scalable and economical technology solutions. New challenges and customer needs offer opportunities to explore new boundaries. This empowers us to work even harder, helping customers to perform their best so that, together, we can make the world a safer, more informed and connected place. As a result, more than 3 billion people watch TV every day thanks to Newtec technology.

Newtec is a European company headquartered in Sint-Niklaas, Belgium. Through additional commercial offices in Dubai (UAE), Singapore, Beijing (China), Sao Paulo (Brazil) and Stamford, CT (USA) as well as an extensive network of over 100 certified partners, Newtec can meet customer’s needs worldwide.