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Newtec Further Conquers the European Consumer Broadband Market to Close the Digital Divide with Sat3Play®

50000 Sat3Play Consumer Terminals Shipped

(PresseBox) (St-Niklaas, ) Newtec announced today that they shipped their 50,000th Sat3Play terminal for low cost, easy-to-install high-speed satellite Internet access for consumer and SOHO (small office, home office) in Europe.

The Sat3Play broadband terminal is a state-of-the-art, high-performance equipment package designed for a true broadband experience over satellite. It implements the most efficient technologies, such as DVB-S2 modulation and IP traffic enhancement techniques such as TCP/IP acceleration and pre-fetching as well as encryption.

Contrary to other interactive satellite systems, Sat3Play terminals are available with a unique patent pending Point&Play® installation capability that allows the end-user to install the full terminal by himself without any specific qualification, expensive tool or support of a professional installer.

With download speeds of up to 2 Mbit/s, the leading European satellite operator SES ASTRA, Newtec's major Sat3Play customer, offers access to high-speed internet with its interactive satellite broadband service ASTRA2Connect. Norbert Willems, Managing Director of ASTRA Broadband Services, said: "Using Newtec's reliable, state-of-the-art Sat3Play technology, ASTRA2Connect is one of the largest residential satellite broadband offers in Europe. We are targeting hundreds of thousands of households outside terrestrial broadband networks offering them a fast and cost-efficient access to broadband Internet with an easy to install end-user terminal."

Serge Van Herck, CEO of Newtec said, "I am very proud, that Internet connectivity is now enjoyed by more and more European customers in traditionally hard to reach terrestrial broadband black spots thanks to Newtec's Sat3Play IP broadband solution. SES ASTRA and various other service providers all over Europe and North Africa have contributed to this success by offering low cost Internet services together with Newtec's easy-to-install technology." Van Herck adds, "In summary, low cost high-speed satellite Internet access is affordable for everyone. "


SES ASTRA is the leading Direct-to-Home (DTH) satellite system in Europe. The satellite fleet currently comprises 14 ASTRA and two SIRIUS satellites. The combined satellite system delivers services to more than 122 million DTH and cable households and transmits nearly 2,500 analogue and digital television and radio channels. SES ASTRA also provides satellite-based multimedia, Internet and telecommunication services to enterprises, governments and their agencies. With nearly 70 High Definition (HD) channels on its main orbital positions, ASTRA and SIRIUS represent the most important HDTV platform for Europe's leading broadcasters. The prime orbital positions for ASTRA and SIRIUS are 19.2° East, 28.2° East, 23.5° East, 5° East and 31. 5° East.

SES ASTRA is an SES company (Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG). SES owns three market-leading satellite operators, SES ASTRA in Europe, SES AMERICOM in North America, and SES NEW SKIES which provides global coverage and connectivity. The company owns 90 percent of SES SIRIUS in Europe, as well as strategic participations in Ciel in Canada and QuetzSat in Mexico. SES provides outstanding satellite communications solutions via a fleet of 40 satellites in 26 orbital positions around the globe.

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ABBS is a 100 % owned subsidiary of SES ASTRA operating SES ASTRA's new satellite broadband access ASTRA2Connect. ASTRA2Connect is marketed via wholesalers and Internet service providers to the residential market. The innovative service offers a highly reliable, always-on, two-way broadband Internet access for flat service fees. ASTRA2Connect offers a unique possibility for households in regions without terrestrial broadband connection to access broadband services. Sold to end-users through domestic service providers in European countries and regions ASTRA2Connect closes the gap between the end user and the broadband technology and provides a high reliable and well performing broadband access service matching local needs.

Newtec Communications GmbH

Newtec is the European market leader in Satellite Communications, offering highly reliable products and solutions including DVB-S2 modulators and modems, Digital TV & Radio Distribution and Exchange networks, IP Broadband Access Networks as well as software solutions for the optimization of Internet traffic to customers worldwide.

With its ambitious policy of re-investment in R&D, Newtec is recognized as a forerunner in several innovative satellite communication technologies, which have been published as industry standards (DVB, DVB-S2, DVB RCS and iSatTV Cenelec pr EN50478).

Established in 1985, and headquartered in Belgium, the company has regional offices located in Stamford (US), Singapore (Singapore), Beijing (China), Dubai (UAE) and São Paulo (Brazil). Newtec's Tellitec® IP software products for Internet traffic optimization and data communication are engineered in Newtec's research and development facilities in Berlin (Germany). Newtec's subsidiary TurboConcept in Brest (France), develops Intellectual Property Cores for turbo and LDPC building blocks.

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