Newtec's Ka-band Hub and Terminals on HYLAS 2: Installation and On-Site Tests Successfully Completed

Newtec's Ka-band Hub and Terminals on HYLAS 2: Installation and On-Site Tests Successfully Completed

Press release Monday 15 October 2012

Avanti Communications, InSat and Newtec today confirmed that they successfully completed their joint tests of Newtec’s Ka-band hub infrastructure in Cyprus. Additionally, Managed Service Provider (MSP) InSat announced that the first Afghan ISPs have started testing their service.

InSat is providing services for Afghan telecom providers based on Newtec’s Broadband platform (Sat3Play®) which provides IP access services for consumers and business under InSat’s brand name Hi-Stream®.


Matthew O'Connor, Chief Operating Officer for Avanti, said: “Avanti would like to welcome InSat as one of our newest HYLAS 2 partners and congratulate Newtec on completing a speedy installation of its first Ka-band hub, in just three days.”

InSat CEO Valentine Gurinovich said “On site in Afghanistan we have installed control stations and some customer terminals at Afghan Internet service providers to run tests of our broadband satellite Internet access Hi-Stream designed especially for regions like Afghanistan and other emerging countries. I announced the launch at CABSAT in March 2012. The results are very impressive and confirm our choice in favour of Avanti’s Ka-Band satellite HYLAS 2 and Newtec’s Sat3Play technology. I kindly invite further Afghan ISPs to become a partner and to participate in the tests to convince themselves of the performance and the competitiveness of our new service.”

Newtec will be the exclusive technology partner for all InSat services, providing two-way satellite broadband technology.

Serge Van Herck, CEO of Newtec, said: “Newtec’s broadband technology has a proven track record of being highly reliable and efficient with well over 100.000 terminals deployed today. We are providing a solution that matches today’s and future needs of InSat’s ISPs by providing download speeds up to 22 Mbps on our MDM2200 broadband terminals”.

Interested ISPs can get more information and learn how to join tests and become a client via InSat’s microsite

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Interested ISPs

Interested ISPs can get more information and learn how to join tests and become a client via InSat’s microsite

Newtec’s IP Broadband Hub and Terminals

An affordable two way broadband system that has been designed for satellite service providers and ISPs wanting to offer true broadband experience via satellite for B2C and B2B in areas where limited terrestrial broadband connection is available and this at a competitive price. For more information visit these websites: Broadband Hub and Terminals.

About Newtec

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 Avanti


  • Avanti sells satellite data communications services to telecoms companies which use them to supply residential, enterprise and institutional users.
  • Avanti's first satellite called HYLAS 1, launched on November 26th 2010 and was the first superfast broadband satellite launched for Europe.
  • Avanti's second satellite, called HYLAS 2, launched on August 2nd 2012. It extended Avanti's coverage to Africa, Caucasia and the Middle East.
  • Avanti’s third satellite HYLAS 3, to be launched in partnership with ESA in 2015, will provide further capacity in the EMEA region.
  • 83% of Avanti’s fleet capacity will address the Emerging telecommunications markets of Africa, Caucasia and the Middle East.
About InSat

InSat was founded in Saarbruecken (Germany) in 2000. True to the motto “small but mighty” the company operate its own hub and related infrastructure.

The company aims to bridge the so-called digital divide in countries and regions with underdeveloped telecommunications infrastructures. InSat offer people the opportunity to better articulate and realise their cultural and educational needs.

The focus of InSat is the satellite-based access Internet backbone connectivity for ISP and other corporate customers in such regions like the former URSS, Central Asia and the Middle East.