Saudi Electricity Company / National Grid SA Selects Newtec Dialog

Saudi Electricity Company / National Grid SA Selects Newtec Dialog

Press release Wednesday 4 March 2015

Newtec’s partner Baud Telecom Company (BTC) facilitated agreement which will see Newtec HUB6504 4IF Hub Module and terminals enable AMR, SCADA, voice and video connectivity to remote sub-stations in distribution network in Eastern region of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

RIYADH, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and SINT-NIKLAAS, Belgium, 4 March 2015. Newtec Dialog®, a scalable, flexible and agile multiservice platform, has been selected by Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) / National Grid Saudi Arabia (SEC/NG SA) to deliver Automatic Metering Reader (AMR), Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA), voice and video satellite connectivity between remote sub-stations to enable new applications.

SEC/NG SA, the leading electricity utility company in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and in the region, provides services to various governmental, industrial, agricultural, commercial and residential sectors. Initially, Newtec VSAT terminals will be installed at sites in the Eastern region of Saudi Arabia, while the Newtec Dialog HUB6504 Hub Module will be located in the country’s capital city, Riyadh. The VSAT network provides control and data acquisition of the sub-stations, as well as enabling VoIP access and live feeds of video and images back to SEC/NG SA’s network operations center. Installation of the hub is due to be completed soon, with additional terminals expected to be deployed shortly. BTC, a long-trusted integrator to SEC/NG SA, contracted Newtec for this critical infrastructure project.

Installation of the hub is due to be completed soon, with additional terminals expected to be deployed shortly. BTC, a long-trusted integrator to SEC/NG SA, contracted Newtec for this critical infrastructure project.

"We are very selective when it comes to choosing our technology partners and we look for market-leading companies with a strong commercial presence which can provide first class regional support,” said Omar Al Charif, SEC account director at BTC. “This is why we were very happy to work with Newtec. As well as having a great product, Newtec’s engineers have been very responsive to our requests and we are pleased to have found such a reliable partner."

In addition to delivering and installing the platform, Newtec and BTC engineers will be providing fully fledged training and on-site support to SEC/NG SA. The modularity of the Newtec Dialog hub gives BTC agility to respond to its customer SEC/NG SA and market needs in a fast and cost-effective way. Additional satellite networks can be added easily and rapidly by installing extra modulators, multicarrier demodulators and server blades in the preconfigured rack slots. These can then be activated in the Newtec Dialog Network Management System (NMS). High-capacity multicarrier demodulator units can also be added to achieve the required capacity for MF-TDMA, SCPC, and Newtec’s patented Mx-DMA™ return link technology.

Abdul Aziz Al Sultan, telecom engineering and substation automation department manager at SEC/NG SA, said: "To develop the energy network into a full smart grid we face the challenge of a large number of sites which are difficult to connect due to the limited terrestrial infrastructure in this area. We require a robust solution for time-critical applications. With Newtec Dialog, we are confident that we have found a reliable and flexible platform that can be deployed quickly and cost-effectively integrated into our network."

Hosting up to four satellite networks in a single rack, the Newtec HUB6504 enables any network configuration, from single to multiple service areas, one or more satellites, different frequency bands, multiple transponders and High Throughput Satellites (HTS).

Newtec's CEO Serge Van-Herck said: “We are pleased that Newtec Dialog is able to meet the requirements of SEC/NG SA so efficiently. The platform will allow them to build their network as their business continues to grow and we look forward to a continued partnership with both SEC/NG SA and BTC.


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Kerstin Roost
Public Relations Director
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Omar Al Charif
Key Account Manager – Team Leader
Tel: +96 653 328 0022

Abdul Aziz Al Sultan
Telecom Engineering and Substation Automation Department Manager


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 single and multiservice applications from DTH broadcasting, video contribution and distribution and disaster recovery and backbones for cellular 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.

About BTC

For more than three decades, Baud Telecom Company (also known as BTC Networks, has successfully played a primary role in the development of today’s local and regional information and communication technology.

BTC is recognized for its ability to introduce and integrate the latest global communication advancements made available. When communication seemed limited, we introduced the first Digital PABX, first Video Conferencing and the largest Data Network in the Kingdom. As a result, we take pride in playing a direct role in connecting millions of people together.

Today, we are acknowledged as one of the largest integrated ICT solution providers in the Middle East with branches in Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and Iraq. Our success depends on our unwavering commitment, internal organization and resources, excellent time management and expert personnel.

About SEC

Saudi Electricity Company,, is the leading producer of electricity in all parts of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia providing services to various governmental, industrial, agricultural, commercial and residential sectors.

The Company’s operations consist of generation, transmission, and distribution of electric power. Its organizational structure is made up of key operational activities (business units) in power generation, transmission, distribution, customer services, joint regulatory activities and support services. The latter activity is composed of the following business units, namely Finance, Engineering and Projects, Human Resources, Supply Chain, General Services, Planning and Performance Monitoring, Internal Audit, Legal Affairs, Public Affairs, Energy Trading & New Ventures, Research and Development, and Development Projects of Independent Producers.

By the end of 2013, the rate of employment of Saudi nationals in the Saudi Electricity Company has reached 88.59%. The Company has electricity generating capacity of 58,462 MW, power transmission network length of 54,318 km-circular, power distribution network length of 465,501 km-circular, and over 7.1 million customers. Overall, the number of cities, villages, and settlements electrified reached 12,644.