SES TECHCOM SERVICES AND NEWTEC EXPAND ASTRA CONNECT BROADBAND SERVICE
Addition of Newtec Dialog® multiservice platform will extend current broadband offering in Africa and provide opportunities in new markets
LUXEMBOURG/CAPE TOWN, 18 November 2015 – SES Techcom Services, a subsidiary of world-leading satellite operator SES S.A. (NYSE Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG), announced today it will be expanding its Astra Connect broadband service in Africa for the Enterprise and Oil & Gas markets via the Newtec Dialog® multiservice platform on SES’s ASTRA 2G satellite.
SES is extending its current relationship with long-term partner Newtec – a specialist in designing, developing and manufacturing equipment and technologies for satellite communications – by the new platform, which is due to be launched in Q1 2016 and will utilise the West Africa Ku-band beam of the ASTRA 2G satellite, located at 28.2 degrees East.
The platform will broaden SES Techcom Services’ current portfolio and flexibly support different services, be it for consumer, Small Office, Home Office and SME customers, or for Enterprise and Oil & Gas customers. Newtec Dialog supports MF-TDMA and SCPC technologies, as well as Newtec’s Mx-DMA™ technology, increasing bandwidth efficiency and service reliability for enterprise applications and enabling those services to run more cost-effectively and reliably than before.
“There are millions in Africa who remain unconnected today and at SES we are eager to connect them via satellite broadband services,” said Gerhard Bethscheider, Managing Director at SES Techcom Services. “By using Newtec’s new platform, our broadband offerings are efficient and scalable, and can be offered cost-effectively to our customers.”
Newtec’s CEO Serge Van Herck said, “As a multiservice platform, Newtec Dialog guarantees optimal modulation and bandwidth allocation, whether it is being used for enterprise, consumer broadband, cellular backhaul or mobility – and all of this combined in one single network. We are pleased it is meeting SES Techcom Services’ needs and are grateful we are extending our partnership in this way.”
Astra Connect broadband service is part of the SES broadband product portfolio. Earlier today, SES announced the launch of SES Broadband, a flexible and customised high-speed broadband service in five African countries.
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SES (NYSE Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG) is the world-leading satellite operator with a fleet of more than 50 geostationary satellites. The company provides satellite communications services to broadcasters, content and internet service providers, mobile and fixed network operators and business and governmental organisations worldwide.
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About SES Techcom Services
SES Techcom Services is a 100% owned affiliate of SES, the world-leading satellite operator with a fleet of over 50 geostationary satellites, providing integrated end-to-end satellite solutions and operational services tailored to customers’ needs worldwide. Services offered by SES Techcom Services, which is ISO 9001 certified, include the design and delivery of ground infrastructure and operational services, VSAT networks, broadband connectivity and turnkey teleport solutions. It also develops innovative solutions for e-government, e-health and e-education, as well as applications for worldwide emergency satellite communications, such as emergency.lu, which provides connectivity within 48 hours in times of humanitarian crisis