By Serge Van Herck, CEO of Newtec.
Next year marks Newtec’s 30th birthday and we couldn't have asked for a more buoyant year as we reach that milestone, with the launch of Newtec Dialog®, our innovative multiservice platform equipped with a brand new patented technology, the realization of a new DVB transmission standard and strong financial growth among the highlights.
What Is the Multiservice Era?
As we move towards 2015, we are also entering the era of multiservice, with broadcasters facing numerous challenges, including more complex workflows, the introduction of new services, increased user expectations for always-on connectivity and pressure on efficiency in both the space and ground segments. The importance of embracing the multiservice trend was emphasized by our recent comprehensive industry survey, aimed at addressing the key challenges for broadcasters.
In total there were 270 respondents with the findings showing that 82 percent of broadcasters and broadcast service providers plan to launch additional services in the near future (see graphic on the right, click to enlarge). If these services are launched on dedicated and inflexible networks, then CAPEX and OPEX will grow in tandem with the addition of new services. A single platform that is shared between multiple services, a “multiservice network”, will help to address rising costs while increasing network flexibility.
Meet Newtec Dialog: Newtec's Multiservice Satcom Platform
Addressing this trend, and the culmination of years of research and development, we believe Newtec Dialog, launched this year, contains all the traits broadcasters and service providers need in order to thrive in today’s market – flexibility, scalability and efficiency. With Newtec Dialog, our customers can increase their operational efficiency and easily adapt their infrastructure to business or market changes. Meanwhile our new patented return technology, Mx-DMA™ incorporates the best features of MF-TDMA and SCPC technologies, solving the difficult choice of selecting one or the other. First seen at SATELLITE 2014 show in Washington and CABSAT in Dubai, Newtec Dialog had its European launch more recently at the IBC show in Amsterdam.
Even before its European launch, the multiservice platform had been selected by Airbus Defence and Space for its Terralink satellite connectivity service portfolio, which delivers reliable satellite connectivity to a large range of enterprise customers, including those operating in the humanitarian, mining and energy sectors. We are confident that Newtec Dialog provides future proof solution to address increasing OPEX and CAPEX challenges, while remaining agile to enable new satellite services in an ever changing world.
And, I am proud to add, that the Newtec Dialog® multiservice broadcast solution has also been provided to the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) to complement the full workflow automation in the newsroom environment, with a dedicated and flexible network infrastructure. The aim is to maintain the EUROVISION News Exchange as the world’s leading platform for the exchange of quality news content by providing an efficient transport of video and really efficient end-to-end workflow support.
UHDTV and DVB-S2X
Another trend of 2014 has been UHDTV demos and this year has seen a new landmark for the whole industry in terms of efficiency with the introduction of a new transmission scheme, DVB-S2X. Newtec has been one of the greatest proponents of DVB-S2X and integral to rallying the industry to work together to create the new standard.
This year we were the first to launch commercial products supporting the new standard across Newtec’s entire portfolio (full solution including modulators, demodulators and modems). There has been a series of live tests using the new technology over satellite from companies including Intelsat, Eutelsat, SES, MEASAT, Ericsson, Sony and others. It is remarkable how fast the industry has come together. This standard will make the satellite communications industry stronger and we are proud to be a part of that.
Bridging the Digital Divide: Connectivity
Bridging the digital divide also remains a key focus for Newtec and during the year we have partnered with several new players to connect regions around the globe. Our latest project saw us carry out an installation in Asia, teaming up with First United Broadcasting Corporation (FUBC) to launch the new iGsat broadband service which will deliver high-speed satellite broadband across the Philippines, which is comprised of over 7100 islands.
HTS: Impart on the Business Model and Value Chain
The introduction of HTS has also had a major impact on the business model and value chain in our industry. At Newtec we have had two new important projects on HTS this year. The first was with SES, with our terminals being used to deliver the Astra Connect for Communities satellite broadband service to several German villages.
Meanwhile, Bentley Walker, one of the world’s leading service providers for broadband satellite VSAT services, extended its coverage using Newtec’s Ka-band VSAT broadband platform and High Throughput Satellite (HTS) Ka-band capacity on Avanti’s HYLAS 2 satellite which was launched in August 2012.
Our position at the forefront of the industry also saw some of Newtec’s senior representatives invited to speak at the world’s biggest and most important conferences. I personally was delighted to accept a request to speak at the SATELLITE, VSAT 2014 and VSAT Latin America conference. Get on overview where to meet us in 2015 including a list of upcoming speaking slots.
Finally, thanks to market evolution and our strong performance in Direct-to-Home (DTH), broadcast systems, consumer and enterprise network markets, Newtec saw significant growth of 20 percent during 2014, for the financial year (ending in September). We are thrilled with the strong figures which absolutely underline that our strategic direction is on course to provide a very strong base for the future.
As we enter 2015, we look forward to continuing to focus on our core markets, as well as putting stronger emphasis on fast growing markets in the future, such as, oil and gas, High Throughput Satellite (HTS) and cellular backhaul.