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March 4th, 2015

CETel + ARABSAT As Collaborators Expand Their Options + Extend C-Band

[SatNews] CETel, a global solutions provider with their own Teleport, and satellite operator ARABSAT are stepping into the extended C-band with their jointly built Earth station, offering unprecedented business expansion possibilities with the launch of CETel services this February 2015 over ARABSAT extended C-band.

Arabsat 5-C
The collaboration will include CETels teleport facilities, network and broadband services as well as solution designs across the whole African continent, Middle East, Europe and Central Asia on board ARABSATs state-of-the-art satellite Arabsat-5C on 20 degrees East.

Arabsat and CETel strategic plan to expand into the extended C-band is driven by the need of cost effective communications solutions in rural areas that offers not only trunking and backhauling applications but also corporate network connectivity between the regions and continents. 

With the extended C-band being now available, CETel and Arabsat have complemented their existing service-proven portfolio of satellite enabled communications solutions. For the customer it opens the door to achieve the optimal mix of the different bands to their specific and individual requirements over Africa in order to run their communications smoothly and supporting their businesses.  

Looking at the potential of extended C-Band, Guido Neumann, Managing Director of CETel said: “We are already serving our first customers on extended C-Band with a 9m antenna from our Teleport in Germany. It's the right product at the right time for customers looking for answers to the ever increasing cost pressure in their areas of business.”

Khalid Balkheyour, President and CEO of Arabsat said: “Service providers’ ever increasing demand for capacity is satisfied by the development of the extended C-band which gives wider room for expansion, that is not available anymore on congested normal bands. The possible applications which are explored together with CETel range from backhauling over connectivity for corporate networks up to governmental services.”