Satnews Daily
December 12th, 2019

ND SATCOM and WORK Microwave DVB-S2X Gateway Union

ND SATCOM has selected WORK Microwave’s A-Series DVB-S2X modulator platform.

The SKYWAN 5G DVB solution features a unique two-way broadband satellite communication network for high-quality services, combining the widely adopted DVB-S2/S2X transmission standard with the ND SATCOM MF-TDMA technology optimized for real-time traffic in mesh topologies.

SKYWAN 5G DVB comprises a DVB-S2 outbound link and up to 16 configurable TDMA full-meshed carriers. The SKYWAN 5G DVB solution performs policy-based dynamic routing and leverages DVB-S2/S2X and TDMA satellite access for highly efficient bandwidth use to best fit end-user applications.

SKYWAN 5G’s new release R1.6 features advances such as Pure Data Channels for efficiency-optimized meshed MF-TDMA topologies. In addition, the latest version of SKYWAN 5G introduces full support for WORK Microwave’s A-Series product portfolio as the preferred DVB gateway for outbound transmissions.

ND SATCOM collaborated with WORK Microwave to seamlessly integrate the A-Series all-IP platform with SKYWAN 5G. The AT-60 IP Modulator was selected due to its high-performance features, including a flexible SDR (Software Defined Radio) architecture that was customized for SKYWAN 5G.

Offering support for DVB-S2X up to 256APSK, the AT-60 IP Modulator and the AT-80 wideband variant are the perfect platforms for a variety of applications, from low to very high throughput. By supporting DVB-S2X extensions, WORK Microwave’s AT-60 IP modulator embedded in the DVB Gateways provide operators with a future-proof platform that offers smaller roll-offs, advanced filtering, and higher modulation schemes for increased efficiency gains.

WORK Microwave's A-SeriesAX-60All-IP platform.

WORK Microwave’s AT-60 IP modulator is one of the industry’s only solutions that comes pre-distortion-ready for automatic group delay and non-linearity compensation. Using this capability, operators can mitigate the negative effects in satellite filters and amplifiers while reducing power and increasing beam coverage, throughput, and availability.

The latest SKYWAN 5G solution featuring WORK’s A-Series ensures high-performance DVB outbound link capabilities, including DVB Gateway redundancy and ACM (Adaptive Coding and Modulation) on the DVB outbound path toward the SKYWAN 5G remotes. DVB Gateway management is integrated in the SKYWAN 5G NMS, which allows on-the-fly parameter changes as part of network-wide reconfigurations of DVB services.

The SKYWAN ODG200 DVB Gateway — based on the very reliable WORK Microwave DVB-S2X modulator module combined with IP encapsulation and traffic shaping — will be replaced by the WORK Microwave A-Series platform. With the new SKYWAN 5G R1.6, both DVB Gateway products are fully supported. A mix of ODG-200 and AT-60 at different sites within the same network is feasible; SKYWAN 5G terminals use the same signalling protocol for terminal registration and ACM with both products.

ND SATCOM CEO Alexander Mueller-Gastell said the company continues to seek synergistic opportunities that uphold the excellence the firm's brand represents and customers expect. The integration of WORK Microwave's A-Series into the latest SKYWAN 5G release does exactly that.

WORK Microwave CEO Thomas Fröhlich added that today’s satellite operators are looking for high-performance, cost-effective SATCOM solutions, and that’s why WORK has teamed up with ND SATCOM. Combining the latest SKYWAN 5G DVB solution with the AT-60 IP Modulator, end-users can achieve unparalleled efficiency and flexibility for a wide range of applications.

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