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Algeria: New satellite deal could seal IT growth

September 17, 2013 • Mobile and Telecoms, North Africa, Top Stories

A new satellite contract could serve as a catalyst for communications infrastructure growth in Algeria. (Image source: Pichugin Dmitry/ Shutterstock.com)

A new satellite contract could serve as a catalyst for communications infrastructure growth in Algeria. (Image source: Pichugin Dmitry/ Shutterstock.com)

Algeria is hopeful that a new contract inked by satellite communication specialist Newtec and the Algerian Telediffusion d’Algerie (TDA) will boost communications infrastructure for the North African country.

According to a recent report, Newtec and TDA have inked a multimillion euro deal to deploy a number of Newtec’s interactive satellite terminals running on the Arab States Broadcasting Union (Asbu) Multimedia Exchange Network over Satellite (Menos).

The Asbu-Mesnos network is operated by Asbu on Arabsat 5A satellite.

By deploying the Newtec technology, hosted on the Asbu platform, TDA “will now have access to their own IP-based and fully automated secure virtual network (VN) for contribution and exchange of radio and TV content at low and high bit rates,” it said in a statement.

TDA will integrate Newtec’s Ku-band Radio Satellite Interactive Terminals (SIT), TV Satellite Interactive Terminals, fixed and portable Fast News Gathering (FNG) SITs and IP data SITs. Those SITs will be deployed over 48 regions across Algeria with two separate networks for radio and TV contribution, connecting five major cities and villages.

“This allows users to collect and access content at each site. The Menos terminals will be deployed in Algeria over the next twelve months and will use the Asbu-Menos hub, located and operated in Algiers,” the statement added.

Newtec will provide on-site planning and installation service as well as training, both in Algiers and Newtec’s headquarters in Belgium, to certify TDA’s engineers as part of the handover phase.

* Image via Shutterstock

Joseph Mayton

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