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June 17th, 2014

SatNews + Newtec...So What's New @ CommunicAsia?

[SatNews] SatNews Publishers is on the road again, now enjoying the latest news and technologies about the satellite industry in...Singapore.

Silvano Payne, publisher and Jill Durfee, sales director are catching up with friends and numerous companies' latest triumphs in Singapore at CommunicAsia2014 at the beautiful Marina Bay Sands hotel. Marina Bay Sands is an integrated resort fronting Marina Bay in Singapore. It was developed by Las Vegas Sands, and is the world's most expensive building, at US$ 5.7 billion, including the cost of the prime land.

One of their stops along the way included Newtec and their team. Under the leadership of CEO Serge Van Herck this company doesn't slow down or stand still. Newtec is a European based company, headquartered in Sint-Niklaas (Belgium). The regional offices are located in; Stamford, Connecticut. (U.S.); Singapore, Beijing (China); Dubai (UAE); São Paulo (Brazil); and their own production facility is located in Erpe-Mere (Belgium) and R&D centers in Brest (France) and Berlin (Germany).

Newtec develops satellite communication equipment and technologies for broadcast, government and defense, IP trunking and consumer and enterprise VSAT. For more than 28 years their team meets industry standards with efficient, scalable and economical solutions.

Making news most recently for today's CommunicAsia meeting, Newtec and their partners are making 4K UHDTV a commercial reality in Asia. Intelsat, BT Group, Ericsson and Sony join Newtec at Broadcast and CommunicAsia 2014 to demonstrate the next iteration of a true 4K Ultra High Definition Televion (UHDTV) end-to-end live video transmission over satellite from London to the Marina Bay Sands Convention Centre in Singapore.

For the first time, executives from all 4K ecosystem partners will be together to discuss and answer questions about the current state of 4K, the ecosystem's commercial readiness, and how and when 4K could enter the market. This demonstration will show the readiness of the ecosystem for the commercialization of 4K UHDTV on Tuesday from 4-5:30 pm. with much more to see at their booth Level 1, P2-01 throughout the show.

Serge Van Herck, Bart Van Poucke, Claus Peeters, Erick Xu, Sunny Ho, CSTong, Steven Soenens, Yoong Seng Ng, Richard Walshe, Srini Rao, Mario Querner , Lani Ng, Hooi Jin Lim , and Kerstin Roost.

Also relying upon Newtec's efficiency is Nine Network Australia which has deployed several of Newtec’s solutions in order to boost efficiency in its satellite network, thereby allowing 64 percent more data rate throughput.

A large order of Newtec’s broadcast satellite modulators and demodulators, designed for broadcast contribution, DSNG and distribution applications over satellite, has now been deployed across the Nine Network, which is one of the highest-rating television networks in Australia. The upgrade, supplied via Newtec’s Australian partner Lumina Broadcast Systems, is fully compliant with DVB-S2 and utilizes Newtec’s Clean Channel Technology® and Multistream® technology. Multistream allows Nine to aggregate independent transport streams into a single satellite carrier.

“If I think back to a time before upgrading the lower half of our Ku-Band leased transponder we operated two carriers totaling 45Mbps throughput in an occupied bandwidth of 27MHz. Compare this to now in the same occupied bandwidth we achieve two carriers totaling 74Mbps throughput. This improved throughput is a lot more than we could have achieved with the older DVB-S technology,” said Geoff Osborne, Engineering Development Manager at Nine Network.

Newtec and Nine Network have a long history of working together to optimize satellite efficiency and Osborne said a strong rapport, value added services, reliability and post sales support influenced Nine Network Australia’s decision to opt for Newtec’s new technologies.

Channel Nine's dish in Melbourne, Australia, uplinking their services using Newtec's satcom solutions.

“I have been working closely with engineers from Newtec for more than 15 years personally. In fact in some instances Newtec technology installed back at the start of our relationship is still operating perfectly,” said Osborne. ”As time is often short, the best thing is having Newtec available to help design and plan options for the best topology and upgrades for our network. Giving our viewers the widest choice and greatest quality, using the satellite capacity we lease in the most effective way, is top priority.”

Newtec’s solutions are designed to have a multitude of advantages including lower operational costs, highest bandwidth efficiency, guaranteed interoperability with DVB receivers, high versatility and flexibility as well as a future-proof design combining video and IP technologies.

“Working together with Nine Network Australia has been fantastic and we are pleased to have delivered a great boost to the efficiency of their satellite operations with our solutions. Long-term relationships are very important to us and that’s why delivering a good after and pre-sales support is so important,” said Dave Suffys, Sales Support Manager at Newtec. Learn more about Newtec's offerings here.

Newtec  employs 320 energetic team members worldwide with over 28 different nationalities.