By Serge Van Herck, CEO of Newtec
There was a lot of buzz around 4K TV this year, also known as Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) and we were involved with almost all of the major demonstrations around the world. These included with both Eutelsat and Intelsat at IBC 2013. The latter of the two demonstrated the world’s first live sports match played out straight to the exhibition floor in 4K. Other demonstrations during the course of the year included with SES and Canal+ in Spain and Measat at BroadcastAsia in Singapore. All of these prove that the transmission chain is ready and able as soon as demand is there for this new technology. Of course we have also been actively improving the efficiency for the entire industry to benefit.
In this Year in Review article you read about the following topics. Feel free to jump immediately to your prefered one:
- S2 Extensions: How Will the Industry Take Them?
- Carrier ID: How bad is this Interference?
- VSAT: Growth in Multiple Markets
- Government and Defense: 2013, an Important Year?
- IP Trunking and Backhaul: Backhauling in Africa
- Broadcasting: New Technologies and Major New Deal
- People: New Senior Team Members
- Outlook: We See a Multiservice World
This year has been about developing new satellite transmission standards and helping the industry to reduce interference. We have been central to this alongside partner organizations DVB and the Satellite Interference Reduction Group (IRG). But read more about it as follows:
Kick-started by Newtec a year ago, key players in the satellite industry are calling for a satellite transmission standard, specifically for professional satellite contribution links, which would extend the existing DVB-S2 standard. The Newtec S2 Extensions include smaller Roll-Offs, advanced filter technologies, higher efficient MODCODs, more MODCODs fine-tuned for linear and non-linear operation, higher modulation (64APSK) and wideband (72 Mbaud). These extensions have been contributed to the new evolution of the DVB-S2 standard and have already been implemented on Newtec’s modulators, modems and hubs. These S2 Extensions boost the satellite link efficiency up to 20% in Direct-To-Home networks and 37% in other professional applications compared to DVB-S2 – even up to 64% when using 72Mhz transponders (Wideband).
But how quickly will the industry transition to the new standard? Well the results are in and our industry survey findings suggest that more than half of the surveyed satcom companies will switch within one year of release. This is an eye opener and there are many more interesting results available online at our Industry Blog.
We have also been recognized for an ‘Outstanding Achievement’ award at the ASBU BroadcastPRO Awards for the pivotal role we played in developing candidates for the new DVB-S2 extension. By continuous innovation to increase efficiency of communications over satellite, and therefore lowering both CAPEX and OPEX, satellite operators, service providers and broadcasters are now able to launch new services in a profitable manner. This benefits the entire satellite ecosystem and by extension end users around the world.
► Watch our top 5 videos with answers on the hottest questions about DVB-S2 Extensions from the satellite industry!
Next to mention is, that we have turned our attention to mitigate satellite interference which has not just started now. Way back in 2011 we have given our unreserved support for the standardization and adoption of industry-wide counter-measures to combat interference. Since then we have implemented Carrier ID in our equipment and brought the industry together by holding several sessions around the world increasing the awareness. In July we joined forces with the Satellite Interference Reduction Group (IRG) to poll the industry about Carrier ID (CID).
The headline results from our industry survey was that 93% of respondents suffer from satellite interference at least once a year, with more than half suffering at least once a month and 17% continuously in their day to day operations. This is again a significant finding for the industry.
► Discover the rest of the results, which are available online in our Carrier ID Demystified e-book.
Newtec has signed a number of new deals around the world with different service providers and satellite operators operating in Ku or Ka band.
Early on in 2013 Gazprom Space Systems (GSS) chose Newtec in a competitive tendering process. In the same month RuSat, a satellite service provider for enterprise customers, Internet service providers, and government agencies in Russia, signed a deal too.
In the United States we were selected by California-based X2nSat to provide the equipment for a new B2B broadband and SCADA service.
Over in Africa we have become a key technology partner for NigComSat as it sets out to achieve its mission to provide cost-effective satellite broadband services to Nigerian consumers and SMEs, with planned services for West Africa and we also signed an agreement to provide a VSAT Broadband Hub and thousands of VSAT terminals to Liquid Telecom, the leading independent data, voice and IP provider in Africa.
In the European market we have played an important role in further expanding the SES Broadband Services offering, which is Europe’s largest satellite broadband network. And in the Middle East Bentley Walker, one of the world’s leading service providers for broadband satellite Internet, chose Newtec in its service coverage extension towards Libya using Newtec’s Ka-band VSAT broadband platform on Avanti’s HTS Hylas2 satellite.
And last but not least, Eutelsat’s IP Easy broadband service which was launched for the African region in 2012, is now also bridging the digital divide through the Caribbean footprint of the EUTELSAT 8 West A satellite powered by Newtec’s broadband system.
► Find out which solution works best for your application in the consumer or enterprise market, or for SCADA, SME and SOHO networks.
Government and Defense
2013 has proven to be a succesful year for Newtec with multiple implementations in diverse applications such as Airborne ISR, MWR, Intelligence and Disaster Recovery.
During the dedicated GOVDEF seminars Newtec organized worldwide in 2013, we shared our experience with milsatcom experts from all over the world, from end-users to service providers, integrators and satellite operators.
The headline topics of our seminars were:
- The announcement that Newtec entered the WGS (Wideband Global Satcom) registration process for its modems
- The different use cases and satcom projects in the Government and Defense market: Sniperhill (MWR for US&NATO Troops), Intelsat (MWR, EPIC), SES (Elections in Burkina Faso) and HiTEC (Disaster Recovery Solutions)
- Newtec technologies available to the milsatcom market in order to overcome higher throughputs, to increase mission availability and improve operational efficiency over satellite… even considering today’s budget cuts.
We also signed a Basic Ordering Agreement (BOA; N°13349) with the NATO Communications and Information Agency (NCIA) to provide an accelerated and cost effective acquisition method for Commercial Off The Shelf (COTS) hardware, software & services.
► Learn in my colleague's presentation given during MilSatCom 2013 about how the new satcom DVB standard (S2 Extensions) impacts also the military satcom networks.
IP Trunking and Backhaul
Still with very poor terrestrial infrastructure, Africa is proving to be a key market for Newtec – particularly for network trunking and backhaul.
A new partnership with Somalia-based Talia means a communications backbone infrastructure for the country in place based on our FlexACM® technology. A second major project for us was with SES to implement our S2 Extensions technology. New-generation modems are boosting the performance and efficiency of the SES-5 satellite backhaul infrastructure.
► Define and Retrieve all parameters required for link budget calculations with the help of our free tool, the DVB-S2 calculator. It incorporates DVB-S, DVB-S2 and the emerging new standard with the S2 Extensions currently implemented on Newtec’s equipment.
This year we launched our latest MDM6100 Broadcast Satellite Modem at NAB 2013, a next generation DVB-S, DVB-S2 and S2 Extensions modem specifically designed for broadcast applications. It has already been recognised by the industry as being a key new technology.
Major Industry Gong
In March, the World Teleport Association (WTA) awarded the Newtec M6100 Broadcast Satellite Modulator with the prestigious accolade of Teleport Technology of the Year. The judges praised the new technology for providing the greatest contribution to the business and operational success of teleports by lowering costs, increasing efficiency, enabling new capabilities and providing access to new markets. The M6100 is also ready to support the upcoming S2 Extensions and the DVB-CID standard.
In the Broadcast Sector
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 our technology.
During 2013 we won a number of large broadcast contracts including one with Arqiva, the communications infrastructure and media services company. It has selected the M6100 to upgrade parts of its network. Newtec’s channel partner Sematron agreed the framework deal which will upgrade Arqiva’s DTH equipment refreshment program.
On the topic of channel partner’s we have signed up over 90 certified global partners operating in the satellite communication industry, covering over 100 countries across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Australia, and North and South America.
We have also extended our very successful Multimedia Exchange Network over Satellite (MENOS) contract with the Arab Sates Broadcasting Union (ASBU) in a new multimillion euro deal. ASBU-MENOS terminals will now additionally be deployed over 48 regions in Algeria with two separate networks for radio and TV contribution and exchange.
► Find out which solution works best for your application. We offer solutions for traditional and converged broadcast infrastructures (ASI) and IP-based workflows and are active in a whole range of satellite broadcast transmission applications from contribution to exchange and distribution.
With an increasing Newtec product portfolio and a growing customer and partner base, comes a growing need to strengthen the leadership of our global commercial team. I am confident that our new leaders will guide our worldwide team with flair and bring lots of success for us, our partners and customers.
Former Technicolor, Alcatel-Lucent, and ECI Telecom executive Mario Querner has joined as our new VP Asia. He has more than 25 years of international business experience in telecommunications and media, working in both Europe and Asia.
Coming from the senior internal team our former Director, Market Development and Broadcast Product Marketing, Steven Soenens has been promoted to VP Product Management and is now responsible for product strategy and management. In his career, Steven has taken responsibility for worldwide product strategy and product management of video solutions within Cisco Systems, Scientific-Atlanta and BarcoNet.
Thomas Van den Driessche has been appointed Newtec’s new Chief Commercial Officer leading the company's global sales team and marketing strategy. Thomas having joined us as a Regional Sales Director for Europe in 2007 and after holding several positions in the company since then, including VP Market Strategy, brings vast experience in sales, marketing and management.
► Contact the sales office in your region, if you don't know your Newtec account manager to discuss your projects and how we could support you to better meet your customers' needs.
The year ahead is set to be one of the greatest yet for the satellite industry with the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and the introduction of a new standard for the entire satellite sector with the upcoming DVB-S2 technology upgrades. The High Throughput Satellite discussion is also entering full swing with many new players starting to use the technology in multiple business models but with a shift towards open networks and selling Mhz.
We also believe multi-service and multi-technology platforms will become key talking points in 2014 as operators and service providers look to squeeze even more out of their networks. Today’s single service satellite networks are built to carry or stream video, to transfer files, provide data connectivity, to carry VoIP traffic or for other similar tasks. In these cases specific space segment is reserved for dedicated applications and customers. Network and space segment resources are managed in silo’s meaning they cannot be optimized.
Multi-service networks on the contrary are networks that serve multiple customers (virtual networks), and carry multiple services (video, audio, broadband, voice) over the same infrastructure all with their specific quality of service targets, sharing the available spectrum, and managed from a central network operations center.
Not only do multi-service networks generate more business opportunities, they also save OPEX. A breadth of modulation and access technologies are selected to match different service profiles and space segment is allocated dynamically. An all-IP infrastructure facilitates hybrid terrestrial/satellite networks which greatly reduces operational costs. As the era of single service satellite networks departs the industry will be preparing for Multi-Service! We expect to see this high on many agendas in 2014.