Newtec to Deliver Sat3Play® Technology for SkyVine® Satellite Broadband Services

Newtec to Deliver Sat3Play® Technology for SkyVine® Satellite Broadband Services

Press release Friday 9 September 2011

CENTURION, South Africa, and SINT-NIKLAAS, Belgium. South African company SkyeVine®, which will provide satellite based broadband services in Africa using Ku-band satellite capacity on Intelsat’s New Dawn, has signed a major contract with Newtec which will deliver a Sat3Play® hub and terminals.

Sat3Play is a two-way satellite broadband system designed for IP-based service
providers, looking to deliver competitive data, Voice over IP and satellite television
services in areas where insufficient terrestrial connectivity is available.

Currently in the pre-launch phase, SkyeVine has already tested a large number of
the Newtec Sat3Play terminals in Mozambique, Botswana, Angola, South Africa,
Nigeria, Zambia, South Sudan, Zimbabwe and the Kingdom of Lesotho.

Steve Rich, CEO of SkyeVine, commented: “Having tested the Newtec terminals across Africa they have exceeded our expectations and will deliver an excellent service to our customers. We have already appointed 6 service providers and there are others ready to sign.

SkyeVine, which has worked with engineering group Q-KON and distribution
partner Ellies Holding on this project, has a mission to provide a ubiquitous Internet
service to Africa and to create a new standard of broadband service through the
use of advanced satellite technology and its unique product offering.

Serge Van Herck, CEO of Newtec, said: “Our low-cost, Ka-band-ready Sat3Play
terminals include both FlexACM® technology and the revolutionary 4CPM
modulation. I am delighted that SkyeVine is setting new levels of broadband
service through the use of Newtec’s technology. This will mean a fast and cost
effective service offering in Africa.

SkyeVine’s aim is to overcome infrastructure-related obstacles present in the
African market with the introduction of satellite broadband that is cost effective,
reliable and readily available.

Newtec will be showcasing the Sat3Play terminal at the IBC2011 exhibition taking
place at Amsterdam RAI between 8 – 13 September.

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About Sat3Play

Sat3Play® is Newtec’s affordable two-way satellite broadband platform designed for IP-based multiple service providers such as ISPs wanting to offer competitive voice, data and television services in areas where insufficient terrestrial broadband connectivity is available. Over 110’000 Sat3Play terminals have been delivered yet.
Offering significant cost-of-ownership reductions through consumer self-installation, DVB-S2 FlexACM® and adaptive return terminals, and a flexible migration path from Ku to Ka band, Sat3Play is a highly effective end-to-end solution. Newtec recently launched a new 800mW terminal for the Sat3Play broadband system, bringing increased return speeds and higher efficiency, as well as an additional 1m antenna for Sat3Play terminals. These two additions extend the capabilities of Sat3Play for B2B applications.

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 Skyevine

SkyeVine (Pty) Ltd ( is a joint venture company that has been established to provide DTHi (direct to home internet) to the sub-Saharan market. Our aim is to overcome infrastructure-related obstacles present in the African market with the introduction of satellite broadband that is cost effective, reliable and readily available - how you want it, when you want it, where you want it.
SkyeVine, together with the strength of Q-KON's ( engineering capability and their experience in managing networks in the emerging African telecommunications market, and Ellies Holding Ltd, the leading manufacturer, importer and distributor of satellite-related products in southern Africa, provides for a winning solution.
Our mission is to provide a ubiquitous internet service to Africa and to create a new standard of broadband service through the use of advanced satellite technology.