Nilesat Smart Digital Broadcasting Platform to Go on Air

Nilesat Smart Digital Broadcasting Platform to Go on Air

Press release Monday 9 March 2015

Key Technologies Delivered by Cisco, Bridge Technologies and Newtec


CAIRO, Egypt, 8 March 2015.  By April 2015 Nilesat shall launch its new regional digital platform, known as the The Nilesat Smart Digital Broadcasting System. This major regional initiative will provide for the compression and multiplexing of 360 TV services and 120 radio services over 24 digital transport streams, with the ability to expand up to 480 TV Services and 30 transport streams.

Nilesat currently broadcasts over 730 TV channels, and over 140 digital radio channels uplinked from Cairo, Dubai, Amman, Doha, Riyadh and Beirut. Over 75% of the TV channels are free to air, and the Nilesat audience in the MENA region has shown steady growth, from 11 million households in 2003 to more than 60 million households in 2013. According to the most recent surveys in 2013, Nilesat has the largest audience share, with about 95% of the households in the MENA region.

Media Era Technologies (Mera-Tech) has been appointed as the integrator and consultancy partner to assist Nilesat in building the next generation platform with all its requirements. Mera-Tech provided the services that addressed all aspects of designing the architecture, planning, and testing, deploying, and optimizing the end-to-end solution. The selected vendors are all seen as the best within their fields, and that is paramount for a future-proof platform.

Cisco is continuing its long-standing relationship with Nilesat by introducing new technologies that will help to enhance the company’s customer offering in the Middle East region and even further. Cisco Media Production Solutions enable Nilesat to easily extend content to any business unit, partner, or customer device, anywhere in the world, as well as to reduce costs by consolidating and virtualizing media applications and infrastructures. Cisco's best in class solution based on D9036 encoder and  DCM platform, provides all the important features Nilesat needs in the digital headend, including acquisition, encoding and transcoding, video processing.

Bridge Technologies has been chosen to provide the digital media measuring and analysis  technology for the Nilesat Smart Digital Video Broadcasting System. The company’s VB330 core probes, VB288 Content Extractor, VB272 Satellite RF S/S2 analysis, VB242 for ASI analysis, VB220 for IP analysis and VBC for probes full management will be deployed at the main produc-tion facility and headends to provide a comprehensive advanced monitoring capability for up to 900 services and 48 Transport streams over Nilesat's network during the first phase of the pro-ject, increasing to up to 1100 services and 60 Transport streams in the second phase.

Newtec delivered more than thirty M6100 Broadcast Satellite Modulators, including full automatic redundancy, tailored to Nilesat’s specifications.

Newtec M6100

The provided solution can be upgraded to support DVB-S2X and Carrier ID insertion (DVB-CID), on top of other Newtec advanced satellite technologies that are compatible with the DVB-S2 standard, such as Automated Equalink®,a linear and non-linear pre-distortion technology. Additionally, Clean Channel Technology®, a combination of improved roll-offs for DVB-S2 and advanced filtering technologies, allows optimal bandwidth utilization. This results in even higher efficiency and a significant improvement in per-formance without changing any system parameters, making it possible to add more content (HD).

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About Nilesat

The Egyptian Satellite Company, Nilesat, is a joint-stock company operating under The Free Zone Law in 6th of October City, Nilesat is the name of a series of Egyptian Broadcasting satellites, it was established in 1996 to operate Egyptian Broadcasting satellites, associated ground control stations and up link facili-ties. It has launched two satellites to the 7° West orbital neighborhood (Nilesat 101 and Nilesat 102), and launched its second-generation satellite, NILESAT 201 in August 2010.

Press Contact for Nilesat
Name:  Mohamed Elhawiet
DVB Operational Manger
Tel.: +20 2383400134

About Newtec

Newtec,, is specialized in designing, developing and manufacturing equipment and tech-nologies 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 govern-ment 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 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.

Press Contact for Newtec
Kerstin Roost
Public Relations Director
Tel: +49 30 430 95 562

About Cisco

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MERA-TECH ( is a media systems integration and consultancy company  that covers several broadcast industry specialties, including DTH, DVB-T, IPTV, OTT and their derivatives. The company  partners with several world class HW & SW vendors in order to have the flexibility to rec-ommend and build smart, reliable, cost effective and easy to operate video solutions. MERA-TECH and its partners focus on providing the highest level of technical services and flexible solutions.

Press Contact for MERA-TECH
Yasen Spasov
Tel +359 885172526

About Bridge Technologies

Bridge Technologies ( creates advanced systems for ensuring high-quality, profitable digital media service delivery in broadcast, cable, satellite, OTT and telecoms applications. Providing a sophisticated platform for converging digital media services, the company’s award-winning products and solutions include analysis, measurement, and monitoring systems, intelligent redundancy switching, and comprehensive analytics solutions for TV-Everywhere providers. Compatible with all major industrial standards, ruggedised for reliability in challenging environments, and built for low-energy operation, Bridge Technologies systems bring greater efficiency to digital media businesses by making it simpler to manage complexity.

Press Contact for Bridge Technologies
Fiorenza Mella
Tel:+31 620618769