Hellas Sat chooses Newtec to power new DTH Earth Station

Hellas Sat chooses Newtec to power new DTH Earth Station
Hellas Sat’s and Newtec’s management signing their partnership contract at IBC2015

Press release Saturday 12 September 2015

Contract for the multimillion EUR project was signed today at IBC2015


AMSTERDAM, Netherlands, and SINT-NIKLAAS, Belgium, 12 September 2015. Hellas Sat, a subsidiary of Arab Satellite Communications Organization – the leading satellite provider in the Middle East and North Africa – today announced it has chosen Newtec’s solutions to power a new multimillion Euro Direct-to-Home (DTH) earth station.

Located in Cyprus, the earth station will broadcast up to 70 TV channels, ten percent of which will be delivered in High Definition (HD). Most of the content will be received via different Television Receive-Only (satellite dishes) (TVROs) and all content will be transcoded and re-multiplexed into different bouquets, which are then uplinked via Arabsat’s BADR satellites.

Newtec, a specialist in designing, developing and manufacturing equipment and technologies for satellite communications, will be the prime contractor, designer and integrator of the entire DTH earth station. It will also provide its Newtec M6100 Broadcast Satellite Modulators amongst other Newtec equipment, Ericsson TV encoding and multiplexing equipment, two 7.6m antennas and an umbrella network management system.

Video from the contract signing

"At Hellas Sat, we are committed to offering complementary, reliable and supreme quality satellite services to our shareholder’s customers, establishing our teleport in Cyprus as one of the major centers for aggregation and distribution of TV content in the Middle East,” said Hellas Sat’s CEO Christodoulos Protopappas. “With Newtec as a long term partner and now taking the lead building our new earth station, we are confident to offer even better services in the future. Thanks to the advanced capabilities of Newtec’s M6100 modulator, we will benefit from unprecedented bandwidth and efficiency optimization options, thereby lowering our OPEX and allowing us to deliver a reliable, high-quality and competitive service.

The M6100 features robust design and industry-leading redundancy solutions, resulting in the highest system reliability and service uptime. Newtec’s Equalink® 3, Clean Channel Technology® and the latest transmission standard DVB-S2X, are also all available on the modulator as software upgrades.

We are proud to be selected by Hellas Sat to provide a turnkey solution for its new earth station. By combining our expertise with the capabilities of our business partner network, we are confident to provide a cost-effective, high-performance solution,” said Serge Van Herck, CEO at Newtec. “Not only does the M6100 meet Hellas Sat’s needs today but, thanks to its support of DVB-S2X, it also supports potential future requirements, like the launch of 4K and HTS satellites.

The earth station is expected to be live by November 2015.




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About Newtec

Newtec, www.newtec.eu, is specialized 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 defense, 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 backhauling, to small and medium enterprises, SCADA networks, manned and unmanned aircrafts, trains, border control, Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) and maritime.

For over 30 years, 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 founded in 1985. Through commercial offices in Sint-Niklaas (Belgium), 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.

Visit Newtec at IBC2015 in hall 1 at booth A49.

About Hellas Sat

Hellas Sat, www.hellas-sat.net, is the owner and operator of the Hellas-Sat 2 satellite at 39 degrees East. Hellas Sat is offering satellite capacity and teleport services in Europe, Middle East and southern Africa. Hellas Sat is a subsidiary of Arab Satellite Communications Organization (www.arabsat.com/), the leading satellite service provider in Middle East and North Africa.

Hellas Sat is in the process of expanding its satellite fleet with the launch of two new satellites to be collocated at 39°E, Hellas-Sat 3 and Hellas-Sat 4. The two new satellites will provide more capacity with higher performance to the service area, in-orbit back-up and new services. The planned dates of launch are the end of 2016 and 2017 respectively.

Visit Hellas Sat at IBC2015 in hall 1 at booth B38.

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