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InSat and Newtec deliver Ka-Band communications to Afghanistan

MarketWatch: Int'l

February 20, 2012
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Newtec has signed an important deal with leading satellite-based Internet provider InSat to supply and install Sat3Play® hub and terminal technology delivering next generation Ka-Band communications over Afghanistan.

InSat plans to provide three distinct services for Afghan telecom providers based on Newtec’s Sat3Play technology: IP Trunking service for large companies and government agencies, VSAT services for small and medium companies and broadband IP access services for consumers under its brand name hi-stream®.

 InSat CEO Valentine Gurinovich said: “Newtec will be our exclusive partner and will provide us with two-way Sat3Play satellite broadband technology. We plan to offer high-speed Ka-Band access for small businesses and consumers, while also offering professional solutions for heavy IP trunking users on the same Sat3Play hub.

“Satellite remains the prime choice for telecommunication services in Afghanistan. The introduction of this Ka-Band service means we will be able to provide cost-efficient solutions giving our customers significant advantages compared to any alternative. The price for throughput and satellite terminals will be significantly lower compared to existing solutions, while the broadband experience will significantly increase.”

 The Newtec technology will be implemented on Avanti’s Ka-Band satellite HYLAS 2 which is on track for a June 2012 delivery date. It is a bi-directional Ka-Band satellite with 24 spot beams across the Middle East, Eastern and Southern Africa and Europe. The proposed solution can be easily scaled and expanded to other regions covered by the spot beams on HYLAS 2.

Serge Van Herck, Newtec CEO commented: “InSat will be using our next generation Ka-Band Sat3Play technology which will ensure very high speed connectivity across the whole of Afghanistan. InSat will be able to easily grow its network with the addition of different types of Newtec terminals as its business in the region grows.”

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