Contract for the multimillion EUR project was signed today at IBC2015
AMSTERDAM, Netherlands, and SINT-NIKLAAS, Belgium, 12 September 2015. Hellas Sat, a subsidiary of Arab Satellite Communications Organization – the leading satellite provider in the Middle East and North Africa – today announced it has chosen Newtec’s solutions to power a new multimillion Euro Direct-to-Home (DTH) earth station.
Located in Cyprus, the earth station will broadcast up to 70 TV channels, ten percent of which will be delivered in High Definition (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, a specialist in designing, developing and manufacturing equipment and technologies for satellite communications, will be the prime contractor, designer and integrator of the entire DTH earth station. It will also provide its Newtec M6100 Broadcast Satellite Modulators amongst other Newtec equipment, Ericsson TV encoding and multiplexing equipment, two 7.6m antennas and an umbrella network management system.
“At Hellas Sat, we are committed to offering complementary, reliable and supreme quality satellite services to our shareholder’s customers, establishing our teleport in Cyprus as one of the major centers for aggregation and distribution of TV content in the Middle East,” said Hellas Sat’s CEO Christodoulos Protopappas. “With Newtec as a long term partner and now taking the lead building our new earth station, we are confident to offer even better services in the future. Thanks to the advanced capabilities of Newtec’s M6100 modulator, we will benefit from unprecedented bandwidth and efficiency optimization options, thereby lowering our OPEX and allowing us to deliver a reliable, high-quality and competitive service.”
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.
“We are proud to be selected by Hellas Sat to provide a turnkey solution for its new earth station. By combining our expertise with the capabilities of our business partner network, we are confident to provide a cost-effective, high-performance solution,” said Serge Van Herck, CEO at Newtec. “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.”
The earth station is expected to be live by November 2015.
Image above: Hellas Sat’s and Newtec’s management signing their partnership contract at IBC2015