Newtec to Partner with First United Broadcasting Corporation to Bridge Digital Divide in the Philippines

Newtec to Partner with First United Broadcasting Corporation to Bridge Digital Divide in the Philippines
Photo (c) FUBC: (in front, from left to right) Ambassador Roland Van Remoortele of the Kingdom of Belgium; Serge Van Herck, CEO of Newtec; Philip J. Chien, CEO of First United Broadcasting Corporation (FUBC); and Ambassador Garry Lin of Taiwan ROC

Press release Thursday 6 November 2014

New satellite broadband service to launch in December 2014





MANILA, Philippines, and SINT-NIKLAAS, Belgium, 6 November 2014.  Newtec, a specialist in designing, developing and manufacturing equipment and technologies for satellite communications, is to partner with satellite service provider First United Broadcasting Corporation (FUBC) to launch a new broadband service called “iGSat Satellite Broadband” in the Philippines.

iGSat is a service being provided by FUBC which is licensed to operate Direct To Home (DTH) satellite services as well as radio and TV broadcast. FUBC also runs the DTH Satellite TV (GSAT) and Global News Network (GNN) and its satellite footprint reaches the Philippine archipelago and surrounding countries.

The new iGSat Broadband service will deliver high-speed satellite broadband across the Philippines, which is comprised of over 7100 islands.

This latest technology will support the grassroots program of the government and private firms to cover the entire Philippine society for communication, information and education. The technology will be available anywhere, everywhere. It is limitless and beyond boundaries,” said First United Broadcasting Corporation’s CEO Philip J. Chien.

Serving the corporate market, iGSat Broadband will deliver reliable, high-speed, always-on Internet access without depending on availability of terrestrial networks. The network connects entirely via satellite. Whether in the city or the depths of the countryside, users will be able to enjoy a broadband connection wherever they are.

This project will not be in competition with the present providers but will be a great support in areas where there is slow or no available bandwidth at all,” added Chien.

iGSat offers a range of solutions for the broadband user, comprising of satellite connections for the home, business, private network and maritime communications as well as for Internet Service Providers (ISPs).

The broadband service is based on Newtec’s broadband hub utilizing thousands of Newtec’s terminals including the MDM2200 IP Satellite Modems and interactive LNBs. This technology provides local ISPs with the broadband connection they need in order to offer reliable, high-speed and always-on Internet access to users through a wired or wireless (WiFi) connection.

Newtec is proud to partner with First United Broadcasting Corporation’s iGSat Broadband service in the Philippines. Our technologies continue to offer high performance in the most economical way and remain at the forefront of pushing satellite broadband to areas where any connectivity was not previously thought to be possible and we are doing this at a competitive price,” said Newtec’s CEO Serge Van Herck.

A contract was signed on 6 November at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza and witnessed by Ambassador Roland Van Remoortele of the Kingdom of Belgium and Ambassador Garry Lin of Taiwan ROC. The iGSat Broadband service will launch at the beginning of December in 2014 and ultimately connect thousands of businesses and homes to satellite broadband technology.



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Kerstin Roost
Public Relations Director
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First United Broadcasting Corporation (FUBC)
General Manager, Global News Network
Tel: +632 812 0259

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Newtec’s Consumer & Enterprise VSAT Solutions
Newtec is an independent technology partner for broadband systems, guaranteeing the lowest total cost of ownership, allowing IP connectivity for consumer, enterprise and multiservice applications such as SCADA, datacasting and IP trunking.

FUBC’s iGSat Satellite Broadband
iGSat is a satellite broadband service being provided by First United Broadcasting Corporation (FUBC). FUBC also runs DTH Satellite TV (GSAT) and Global News Network (GNN). Its satellite footprint reaches the Philippine archipelago and surrounding countries. Download FUBC's dedicated brochure here.

About Newtec

Newtec,, 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, IP trunking and backhauling, consumer and enterprise VSAT and government and defense markets. Our products and technologies can be applied in a wide range of 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, border control and Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR).

For over 29 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 90 certified partners, Newtec can meet customer’s needs worldwide.

About First United Broadcasting Corporation (FUBC)

First United Broadcasting Corporation (FUBC) is a licensed corporation that has a congressional franchise under RA 8699 that can operate a Direct To Home (DTH) satellite service as well as radio and TV broadcast. With such license and permit from the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC), GSAT Satellite TV (GSAT, and Global News Network (GNN, where both created in 2008. It is the best alternative source of international entertainment and information in areas beyond the reach of cable television. Born out of response to the growing demand for a better DTH satellite TV provider, it operates across the Philippines and beyond. With its vast satellite footprint, its signal also reaches Asian countries like Mongolia, China, Japan, North and South Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia and other parts of South Asia.

GNN is a dedicated news channel, which has started as a community channel of Destiny Cable in Metro Manila and was able to get NTC’s permit to operate UHF or Free to air. Moreover, about 300 local cable operators in the provinces through its linkages with the Philippine Cable TV Association (PCTA) are also carrying the channel including SKYCABLE channel 213, destiny cable channel 8 and cablelink. GNN is also shown over Global Satellite TV (GSAT) for remote areas in the country not reached by cable TV. Through GSAT, GNN can also be seen in parts of Asia, namely: Philippines, Mongolia, Hong Kong, Brunei, Taiwan, North Korea, South Korea, China, Vietnam, Malaysia, and Japan.  Over the past three years, GNN was able to establish itself as a channel that informs and educates. Its programming continues to improve to uphold its thrust of eventually empowering the Filipino nation.