Located in Cyprus, the Earth station will broadcast as many as 70 TV channels, ten percent of which will be delivered in HD. Most of the content will be received via different Television Receive-Only (satellite dishes) (TVROs) and all content will be transcoded and re-multiplexed into different bouquets, which are then uplinked via Arabsat’s BADR satellites.
Newtec will be the prime contractor, designer and integrator of the entire DTH Earth station and will also provide their M6100 Broadcast Satellite Modulators among other Newtec equipment, Ericsson TV encoding and multiplexing equipment, two 7.6 meter antennas and an umbrella network management system.The M6100 features robust design and industry-leading redundancy solutions, resulting in the highest system reliability and service uptime. Newtec’s Equalink® 3, Clean Channel Technology® and the latest transmission standard DVB-S2X, are also all available on the modulator as software upgrades.
The Earth station is expected to be live by November 2015.
Serge Van Herck, CEO at Newtec, said, “Not only does the M6100 meet Hellas Sat’s needs today but, thanks to its support of DVB-S2X, it also supports potential future requirements, like the launch of 4K and HTS satellites.”
Additionally, Quantis has ordered a Newtec Dialog® multiservice platform to complement its existing satellite infrastructure and enable more advanced, customized services for its customers. Quantis is a longstanding Newtec broadband solutions customer, with coverage over Africa, Europe and the Middle East, including a broadband hub (Sat3Play®) installed in Arganda, Madrid.
The new Newtec Dialog hub will enable Nortis, a Quantis subsidiary based in Morocco, to deliver satellite broadband services. One upcoming project will see Nortis deliver its service to 4,000 schools. Nortis has been awarded this contract by the Morocco Ministry of Education as part of the GENIE project. The service will provide Internet access for students, while teachers will be able to benefit from courses through distance learning. Additionally, the new multiservice platform enables Quantis to enter high-value markets, such as maritime, cellular backhaul, enterprise and M2M.
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 in traditional or HTS networks. The hub also features Newtec’s patented return link technology—Mx-DMA™, or Cross-Dimensional Multiple Access—which enables services to run more efficiently and reliably than ever before over satellite by combining the best features of MF-TDMA and SCPC technologies.