Year in Review 2015 by Newtec's CEO

Friday 11 December 2015
Year in Review 2015 by Newtec's CEO


In 2015 we celebrated our 30th anniversary and the induction of one of our founders, Dirk Breynaert, into the Satellite Hall of Fame (see photo at the end of this page). This year has been filled with innovation and exciting breakthroughs for Newtec. This has always been our mission, since the company was founded in 1985.

With the introduction of technologies like wideband DVB-S2X, Newtec’s Mx-DMA™, and our Equalink® 3 carrier pre-distortion, we are once again pushing the frontiers of spectral efficiency. Our primary objective is to help our customers keep up with the insatiable demand for more bandwidth at lower costs. These innovations also help reduce terminal size requirements, opening up new markets and applications.

While transmission efficiency is important, reliability is essential. Our roots in mission critical services like TV broadcast and high-speed trunking means our equipment must be built to last. Our light-hearted #AliveSince85 social media campaign demonstrated our products’ reliability by encouraging customers to showcase their oldest Newtec equipment, still in use decades after being installed. The winner received the weight of their equipment in Belgian chocolates!

Nevertheless, while we are proud of our heritage and past accomplishments, our primary focus is always on the future.

The Rise of HTS

HTSOver the last few years, the continued growth of High Throughput Satellite (HTS - watch our webinar) has been a key driver in our product development strategy. The many HTSs on the horizon will bring enormous challenges and opportunities for operators and service providers alike. However, in order to ensure that all levels of the value chain get the most out of HTS, choosing the right ground segment technology partner is essential.

When we look at the HTS evolution, we also see a clear trend towards multiservice networks across our industry. Although the majority of VSAT terminals are deployed for consumer broadband, most of the service revenue actually comes from high-end applications, like mobility, oil & gas, cellular backhaul, government and defence.  By combining all these applications on a single platform, network operators can maximize economies of scale while diversifying their business.

With a diverse modem portfolio and three complementary return technologies, our Newtec Dialog® multiservice platform is specifically designed to address a wide range of applications. Since its release in March 2014, Newtec Dialog has already been chosen by many customers as a way of streamlining, expanding and future-proofing their businesses. In March 2015, Newtec was presented with the World Teleport Association (WTA) ‘Teleport Technology of the Year’ award for our Newtec Dialog multiservice platform with the Mx-DMA technology.

Newtec's CTO Frederik Simoens explains the advanced features behind our Mx-DMA™ technology.

HTS in Brazil

Satellite services provider Yahsat chose Newtec Dialog as the ground segment platform for its new satellite Al Yah 3, which is scheduled for service launch in early 2017. This satellite will extend the company’s commercial Ka-band coverage to an additional 19 countries and 600 million users, covering more than 95% of Brazil’s population.

We are pleased Newtec will play a major part in Yahsat’s expansion into new and existing territories and markets.

Connecting 4,000 Schools in Morocco

Nortis recently selected the Newtec Dialog platform to provide Internet access to students in 4,000 schools in Morocco; enabling more than a million kids to have access over the next years.

Following this initial deployment, Nortis’ parent company, Quantis is also able to leverage the same platform to expand into the high-value maritime market. Here, Quantis partnered with OpenSea and, by connecting everything to this single hub, they are able to handle video, voice and data traffic in an extremely efficient way and ensure reliable two-way IP connectivity.

Optimal Modulation

Network Innovations developed MAVERICK VSAT, a forward-thinking architecture that incorporates our Mx-DMA technology with its own proprietary technology.

With Newtec Dialog, the Network Innovations team built a robust and intuitive service that supports customer growth, solves budget constraints and adapts to existing infrastructure, as well as handling modulation and power changes in real-time without packet loss.

Welcome to the Television Everywhere Society

Multiservice networks also have a key role in the broadcast sector. Both EBU/Eurovision and Intelsat recently launched next-generation MultiService BroadCast (MSBC) services based on Newtec Dialog.

Intelsat’s solution called IntelsatOne® Prism, and EBU/Eurovision’s next generation Network for News Exchange, are addressing the increasing pressure on media companies to meet the demands of a “television everywhere” society, as well as the challenges posed by the growing complexity of workflow management.

In addition to efficiency, scalability and flexibility, Newtec Dialog enables the automation of broadcast workflows and effective usage of available hardware and bandwidth resources. A sophisticated resource scheduling and workflow automation engine reduces costs, saves time and allow broadcasters to rapidly enable new services as the market evolves.

Breaking Barriers to Set New World Records

Alongside reliability, speed and efficiency have long been the cornerstones of our products and we are proud to have previously broken several speed barriers and demonstrated our industry-leading spectral efficiency.

This year, we were able to take that a step further and achieved a world first by smashing the magical 10 bits per second per Hz barrier by demonstrating 20 Mbps into 2 MHz. Maximizing transmission efficiency has always been a priority for Newtec and is increasingly important as satellite operators and service providers look to launch new services while delivering higher performance and improved economics for their customers.

Read more about Spectral EfficiencyThis important achievement shows we can fully utilize the capabilities of next-generation satellites by using Newtec technology which is available today. Reaching this record demonstrates our unparalleled efficiency at any rate, whether on a low-speed voice or data connection or for medium-speed backhaul links, all the way up to ultra-high-speed trunks.

Industry Recognition

Apart from the prestigious accolade of 'Teleport Technology of the Year 2015' (World Teleport Association (WTA)), Newtec was also awarded with the 'Factory of the Future' award. The Factory of the Future is part of a campaign which was created to recognize the market challenges faced by Belgian companies and the need for them to be innovative and future-proof

The way our Manufacturing Competence Center in Erpe-Mere — which specializes in delivering electronic assembly, testing and repair services according to the highest quality standards — is organized makes it possible to deliver high-quality production services to the Newtec Group and to other companies, without exception. This is seldom seen in the market and it is this that has enabled us to be one of the first companies in Belgium to be named ‘Factory of the Future’.

Looking Ahead to 2016

SSPI Award: Hall of FameWhen Dirk Breynaert (see picture on the right, the gentleman next to me) and Jean-Marie Maes started Newtec in 1985, they aimed to create a pioneering satellite communication equipment company, with a strong focus on innovation.  For me, our successes during 2015 were not only the perfect way to celebrate our 30th anniversary but also act as a signpost for us to continue shaping the future of our industry. With a team of more than 300 passionate colleagues around the world, we are committed to continue striving for innovation to ensure we remain a technology leader for many years to come.

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Best regards,


Serge Van Herck,
CEO at Newtec

Serge's 'Year in Review' was also published in SatMagazine amongst other leading players in the satellite industry.


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