Ka-Band Test Successfully Completed on ASTRA 1L

April 2012

The test was completed with next generation Ka-band terminals and related hub infrastructure from Newtec. The new technology was tested on the ASTRA 1L Ka-band capacity at 19.2 degrees East. During testing, Newtec installed a Sat3Play® hub at SES Broadband Services’ premises in Luxembourg, provided several Ka-band terminals working on Astra-1L Ka-band frequencies, and also provided the ability to remotely operate the Hub.

With the completion of these tests, the Sat3Play Ka-band platform is now fully validated proving operational readiness for a rollout of SES Broadband Ka-band services later this year. The upgrade of existing end user terminals and the next generation Ka-band terminals, featuring speeds beyond 10 Mbps, are part of SES strategy to bring its successful broadband service to the next level. The test was very successful and according to Patrick Biewer, Managing Director of SES Broadband Services, the company is pleased with the performance of the equipment.

SES Broadband, previously called ASTRA 2Connect, is Europe’s most successful satellite broadband service. Newtec has shipped well over 100,000 Ku-band Sat3Play terminals for SES Broadband and is now providing the next generation Ka-band terminals for SES Broadband evolution.

SES Broadband currently offers download speeds up to 10 Mbps and delivers broadband Internet and Voice Over IP (VOIP) services to private households and small businesses. SES will further increase the performance of its service by using additional multiple spot beam Ka-band capacity that will become available onboard its ASTRA 2F, 2E and 2G spacecraft. The first spacecraft, ASTRA 2F, is scheduled for launch later in 2012.