[Satellite TODAY 02-21-12] Newtec has enetered into an agreement with satellite-based Internet provider InSat to supply and install Sat3Play hub and terminal technology and deliver next generation Ka-band communications over Afghanistan, Newtec confirmed Feb. 20.
InSat said it plans to provide three distinct services for Afghan telecom providers based on Newtec’s Sat3Play technology: an 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 Hi-Stream brand name.
InSat will be implementing the Newtec technology on Avanti’s Hylas 2 Ka-band satellite, which is on track for a June 2012 delivery date. Hylas 2 is a bi-directional Ka-band satellite with 24 spot beams across the Middle East, Eastern and Southern Africa and Europe.
“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,” InSat CEO Valentine Gurinovich said in a statement.