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Orbith connects rural Argentina, powered by Newtec

(22 February 2018 - Newtec) Newtec – a specialist in designing, developing and manufacturing equipment and technologies for satellite communications – today announced its technology is being deployed by Orbith, a wholesale provider of high-speed Internet services.

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Regional Sales Director Fabián Burgos of Newtec (left) with Pablo Mosiul, CEO of Orbith (courtesy: Newtec)

Buenos Aires-based Orbith is building a new VSAT network connecting 20,000 sites to provide consumer and business connectivity to the Buenos Aires province and surroundings. In order to accommodate a maximal subscriber number over one satellite transponder, Orbith wanted a technology provider that offers the highest efficiency in Ka-band.

Orbith selected Newtec to guarantee this throughput optimization using the Newtec Dialog VSAT platform, including different application modems that support single carrier operation of up to 500 MHz and the latest satellite transmission standard, DVB-S2X, to maximize space segment usage. This marks the first time the Satcom industry has seen a single 450 MHz carrier over a wideband transponder for commercial use.

“Newtec’s VSAT technology is optimized for High Throughput Satellite (HTS) networks, making it perfect for the new offering we have launched in Argentina,” said Pablo Mosiul, CEO of Orbith. “The implementation of DVB-S2X and wideband, in particular, was a key factor when we selected Newtec, as the efficiency gains its technology brings mean we can fully utilize the capacity on the Amazonas 3 satellite to add more services and customers while still ensuring high service level agreements.”

Operating via the Newtec Dialog XIF HUB, Orbith is deploying two types of Newtec’s remote terminals, which consist of a modem and an outdoor unit set. The easy-to-use, high-performance Newtec MDM2210 IP Satellite Modems are being used for Orbith’s broadband customers, including consumer and SME networks. This modem features an embedded Wi-Fi-router, allowing end-users to easily add numerous devices to the same connection, and delivers throughputs of more than 100 Mbit/s.

Corporate users connected to the network use the MDM3310 Satellite Modem, which enables the support of various bandwidth-hungry applications in a cost-effective way. Newtec ensures this with its award-winning bandwidth allocation technology, Mx-DMA, delivering the efficiency of SCPC with the dynamism of TDMA. This means the bandwidth can be changed and adapted on-demand, giving more control and increased efficiency while making it easy to shift capacity to each site as required, delivering a reliable service to Orbith’s customers.

Newtec Dialog enables the multiservice concept, allowing all modems to be managed from the single platform, making Orbith’s operations scalable, flexible and future-proof.

“We are delighted that Orbith has chosen Newtec to power its Ka-band services in Argentina,” said Bart Van Utterbeeck, VP South America at Newtec. “Argentina has significant potential for a vast satellite broadband offering and we are glad to partner with Orbith to explore this.”

About Newtec

Newtec is specialized in designing, developing and manufacturing equipment and technologies for satellite communications. As a pioneer in the industry, Newtec is dedicated to creating new possibilities for the broadcast, consumer and enterprise VSAT, government and defense, cellular backhaul and trunking and mobility, offshore and maritime markets. Our products and technologies can be applied in a wide range of single and multiservice applications from DTH broadcasting, video contribution and distribution and disaster recovery and backbones for cellular backhauling, to small and medium enterprises, SCADA and oil and gas networks, aircrafts and vessels.

Since 1985, our dedicated team of specialists has set industry standards with the most efficient, scalable and economical technology solutions. New challenges and customer needs offer opportunities to explore new boundaries. This empowers us to work even harder, helping customers to perform their best so that, together, we can make the world a safer, more informed and connected place. As a result, more than 3 billion people watch TV every day thanks to Newtec technology.

Newtec is a European company headquartered in Sint-Niklaas, Belgium. Through additional commercial offices in Dubai (UAE), Singapore, Beijing (China), Sao Paulo (Brazil) and Stamford, CT (USA) as well as an extensive network of over 100 certified partners, Newtec can meet customer’s needs worldwide.

About Orbith

Orbith is the only wholesale provider of high-speed Internet services for rural and suburban areas using a new, high-capacity, low-cost satellite technology.

More than half of Latin American households have no internet access, with current services being limited to urban centers due to the limitations of terrestrial networks.

Our goal is to reduce the digital divide and meet the dormant demand for connectivity services in low-density areas of households per square kilometer, because these geographies cannot be covered by fiber optic, cable or wireless networks of traditional telecommunications operators.

Orbith was founded in 2016 and is based in Buenos Aires, Argentina.