Alsumaria improves satellite services to Iraq with Newtec Technology

Newtec Modulators with DualFlow(TM) and FlexACM® Technologies Extend Footprint, Increase Flexibility and Intervention Speed of DSNG Units

(PresseBox) (BAGHDAD, Iraq/SINT-NIKLAAS, Belgium, ) Iraqi satellite broadcaster Alsumaria has reached the third stage of its investment in Newtec's modulation equipment with DualFlow(TM) and FlexACM® technologies, as part of its migration towards tapeless news production. Since its inception in 2004, Alsumaria has established itself as one of the most dynamic and popular broadcasters in Iraq. The latest stage of its infrastructure project involves the installation of DualFlow and FlexACM in its fleet of DSNG units for increased productivity, faster delivery of news content and reduced costs.

Alsumaria's fleet can now deliver live transmission of MPEG-4 over IP, with the dual capability of switching to ASI when required thanks to DualFlow. Staff can also achieve file transfers and downloads between the DSNG units and the production centre, increasing speed of response to unfolding events. DualFlow technology further increases the productivity of DSNG crews by enabling VoIP connection with the studio, together with email and broadband Internet.

Alsumaria's implementation of Newtec's FlexACM in its DSNG fleet gives the broadcaster an extended reach in the satellite footprint, with five occasional use slots achieved in only 4MHz. The modems with FlexACM functionality allow high speed file transfers between the DSNG and the studio/playout/editing site. The Newtec EL810 Mobile PEP-Box® Terminal was added to achieve file transfers adding compression and real broadband experience.

"We now have a stateoftheart operation that gives us an unparalleled ability to respond to events, cover breaking news more effectively and deliver higher quality content to a wider range of viewers than ever before," says Jad Atallah, Chief Technical Officer, Alsumaria TV. "The combination of Newtec's DualFlow and FlexACM means we can now get exceptional functionality and value from our DSNG fleet and our satellite bandwidth."

DualFlow modems give Alsumaria TV the ability to deliver MPEG-4 live streaming, as well as the ability to store and forward video files. The Newtec solution provides comprehensive control of the quality of service and higher dedicated throughput than traditional VSAT (shared MF-TDMA) systems, together with lower delay, higher availability and better throughput.

DualFlow allows broadcasters to transport IP over satellite in the most efficient way, either separately or in combination with traditional ASI live streams on the same carrier. DualFlow supports both IP and ASI interfaces, allowing broadcasters to make the transition to IP connectivity at any time. When used on a modem, DualFlow fully enables twoway IP interactivity over satellite, making it possible to introduce new services into the broadcast workflows, such as realtime interviews, VoIP coordination channels, file upload and download, and remote access to tapeless production infrastructures. By turning DSNG vans into remote offices, DualFlow increases the productivity of the remote teams.

"As a dynamic, rapidly evolving operator, Alsumaria has been able to benefit greatly from the threestage implementation of DualFlow that is part of the Newtec strategy for our satellite broadcasting customers," says Serge Van Herck, CEO of Newtec. "Our aim has always been to provide satellite broadcasters and DSNG operators with a practical realworld approach to the introduction of IP, allowing them to maintain support for ASI so they can continue to work with legacy equipment when required."

About Alsumaria

Alsumaria (www.alsumaria.tv) is an independent Iraqi Satellite TV Network that transmits on Nilesat and Hotbird. Established by a group of professional businessmen in 2004, it currently includes a solid staff of more than 700 employees.

Alsumaria TV adopts a media strategy that supports reconstruction, progress and national unity plans as it also encourages all endeavors deployed for a better Iraq. Backed by a strong production knowhow, Alsumaria TV produces almost all of its 24/7 programs inhouse. In addition to a significant compilation of live entertainment, social, political and game shows hosted by young Iraqis, its grid includes drama and comedy series starred, directed and produced by major competent Iraqis in this field. Alsumaria managed as well to acquire the exclusive rights to broadcast a bundle of movies, documentaries, musicals, children, entertainment and sports shows.

Alsumaria TV embraces a moderate speech for One Iraq that stands at an equal distance from all Iraqis and believes that Iraqi diversity would only lead towards peaceful coexistence and power rotation. Through its programs and news bulletins, the network continuously strives to promote democracy, freedom as well as political and economic openness. It adopts a Liberal perspective whilst maintaining religious faith and strongly refuting repression and autocracy. Alsumaria only supports national approaches in building the Iraqi State on democracy and rational basis to meet Iraqi civil society needs.

With its motto "Broadcasting Life" that embodies peace, optimism and prosperity, encouraging Iraqi talents in all domains is fundamental to Alsumaria's role in building the New Iraq.

Newtec Communications GmbH

Newtec (www.newtec.eu) is a global industry leader, shaping the future of satellite communications. Offering stateoftheart products and scalable, integrated solutions for broadcast, broadband access and backbone and trunking applications, Newtec helps customers achieve greater efficiency, increase performance and expand market reach.

With its passionate commitment to R&D, Newtec remains in the forefront of technological development, continuing the pioneering contributions that have led to industry standards including DVB, DVB-S2, DVB RCS and iSatTV Cenelec pr EN50478.

Newtec's worldwide customer base includes the industry's most prestigious broadcasters, satellite operators, telcos, systems houses and broadcasting unions. Established in 1985 and headquartered in Belgium, Newtec has regional offices as well as additional R&D centres located in Stamford, Conn. (U.S.), Singapore (Singapore), Beijing (China), Dubai (UAE), São Paulo (Brazil), Berlin (Germany) and France.

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