Government and Defense Markets Prepare for Significant Growth in Satellite Data Rates

Government and Defense Markets Prepare for Significant Growth in Satellite Data Rates

Press release Wednesday 19 October 2011

CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, and SINT-NIKLAAS. Leading international satellite market research and consulting firm NSR has identified that government and defence markets need to anticipate increased data, video and voice rates over satellite. This echoes in satellite communications specialist Newtec’s award-winning technology FlexACM®.

NSR’s report highlights a trend in the US, now being seen worldwide, of a rapidly increasing demand for communications over satellite. This is driven by the increasing numbers and video plus data traffic by Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and manned aircrafts, as well as advances in fixed government communications and national security technologies.

Jose Del Rosario, Senior Analyst, NSR, commented: “Cost considerations in the time of expected budget tightening coupled with tremendous pressure to offer creative solutions to address complex mission requirements for data and video should lead to tighter commercial partnerships over the long term. The commercial opportunity for the government/defence should grow at healthy levels. From $3.2 billion in 2009, NSR forecasts revenues to reach $9.2 billion at the end of 2019 with a representative Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 10.9%."

Newtec has identified these needs and translated them in the FlexACM technology. Newtec’s FlexACM solution is an advanced technology that provides auto-optimisation of satellite capacity through a one-stop, end-to-end solution for IP backbone and IP trunking networks. The solution utilises advanced technologies – Adaptive Coding and Modulation (ACM), Noise and Distortion Eliminator (NoDE), cross-layer-optimization and the Thin Margin Manager (ThiMM). All can be used individually to optimize the satellite link.

However, when combined, FlexACM helps government and defence customers to get the very most out of the bandwidth available to them, doubling on average the throughput and pushing down operational costs. Whist in operation the satellite link remains available at all times to ensure mission critical communications. FlexACM has been deployed on platforms supporting UAVs and manned aircrafts; as well as government fixed communications; Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR), intelligence through Commercial Off-The-Shelf (COTS) satellite communication equipment.

Newtec's Strategic Marketing Director of Government Solutions, Koen Willems, said: “The increasing requirement for satellite capacity in the government and defence market has been conspicuous. With applications and services in the market becoming more and more data hungry, efficiency is becoming increasingly important to keeping costs down whilst ensuring reliable and stable services.

“Efficiency is at the core of Newtec’s FlexACM technology embedded in satcom modem hardware and satellite network optimisation, which is critical to ensure future capacity availability.

Newtec has a track record of installations worldwide for a wide range of government, defence and commercial applications. Over the years, Newtec has built an outstanding reputation for its quality and reliable satcom equipment and support.

The latest government and defence solutions from Newtec will be on display at MILIPOL Paris 18 - 21 Oct, MILCOM 2011 in Baltimore 7 - 10 Nov, and at the Global MilSatCom in London on 29 Nov - 01 Dec. Newtec will also be hosting two special webinars on government satellite networks to be held on 13 December at 6pm CET and 14 December at 9am CET. To register visit For any further information about Newtec’s governmental solutions visit

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Newtec ( is a global industry leader, shaping the future of satellite communications. Offering state-of-the-art products and scalable, integrated solutions for broadcast, broadband access and backbone and trunking applications, Newtec helps customers achieve greater efficiency, increase performance and expand market reach.

With its passionate commitment to R&D and its strong relationship with the European Space Agency (ESA), Newtec remains in the forefront of technological development, continuing the pioneering contributions that have led to industry standards including DVB, DVB-S2, DVB RCS and iSatTV Cenelec pr EN50478.

Newtec’s worldwide customer base includes the industry’s most prestigious broadcasters, satellite operators, telcos, systems houses and broadcasting unions. Established in 1985 and headquartered in Belgium, Newtec has regional offices as well as additional R&D centres located in Stamford, Conn. (U.S.), Singapore (Singapore), Beijing (China), Dubai (UAE), São Paulo (Brazil), Berlin (Germany) and France.


About NSR

NSR ( is an international market research and consulting firm specializing in satellite and wireless technology and applications. NSR’s primary areas of expertise include emerging technology, IP applications, and broadcast services. With extensive expertise in all regions and a number of broadband sectors, NSR is a leading provider of in-depth market insight and analyses.