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African Internet backbone service doubles its satellite capacity

January 28, 2010 • Mobile and Telecoms

Newtec CEO Serge Van Herck

Newtec CEO, Serge Van Herck

Gateway Communication, which boasts one of the largest pan-African communications network with customers in 40 countries, adopted Newtec’s FlexACM tehnology to double satellite link capacity for its backbone service, Africa IPJetDirect.

IPJetDirect uses C band and Ku band satellites to deliver IP services to mobile phone operators in Africa. This is one of the technologies deployed on the African continent, Newtec’s DVB-S2 VCM and DVB-S2 FlexACM, to ensure maximum bandwidth efficiency and satellite capacity in Africa.

“By using FlexACM, Gateway can now reach out even further to satisfy Internet demand – and without unnecessary further satellite capacity investment”, said Newtec CEO Serge Van Herck.

FlexACM combines a range of cutting edge technologies for implementing Adaptive Coding and Modulation (ACM), traffic shaping, payload compression and IP acceleration for IP trunking and IP backbone satellite links. The solution guarantees 100% of link reception even when other systems are down, can be used in point-to-point and point-to-multipoint systems, in one or two way configurations and for upgrades of existing satellite links.

Chris Young, CTO Gateway, concluded that Newtec’s solution helps address different sized antennas in the same footprint and deliver large quantities of data dynamically and automatically, boosting access to cost-effective Internet across Africa.

FlexACM is part of Newtec’s Elevation range, which consists of DVB-S2 IP satellite modulators, demodulators, modems and satellite IP appliances.

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