Africa/Middle East News

SES and Newtec Boost Satellite Efficiency in Africa

Mobile 3G networks in Africa are set to benefit from the new-generation Newtec modems, which include S2 Extensions technology that boost the performance and efficiency of the SES 5 satellite backhaul infrastructure.

SES has tested and implemented the Newtec MDM6000 satellite modems to increase the efficiency on its African SES 5 payload. The MDM6000 satellite modems are optimized for medium to high-speed IP applications over satellite and are capable of delivering up to 37 percent in efficiency gains compared with the existing DVB-S2 standard, due to S2 Extensions.

Geolink Satellite Services, Arabsat Sign Multi-Year Contract

Geolink Satellite Services, part of CETel Group, has signed a multi-year transponder contract with Arabsat on its 5A satellite.

Geolink will use the additional capacity to expand its VSAT satellite networks and to serve the growing demand in the African market. With more than 4,000 active terminals worldwide, a teleport facility in Germany and a network operations center in Paris, Geolink provides satellite communication on C-, Ku-, L- and Ka-bands.

Thuraya Secures Multi-Million Dollar Financing With Dubai Islamic Bank

Thuraya Telecommunications has secured a long-term financing facility through Dubai Islamic Bank (DIB). Thuraya said it will use the proceeds to upgrade its network infrastructure and to support further development and expansion of its product portfolio, including SatSleeve satellite adaptor for smartphones.

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