Newtec Surpasses Milestone with more than 100,000 Sat3Play® Terminals shipped

Market leading satellite communication company celebrates achieving important milestone in Europe

St-Niklaas, (PresseBox) - Newtec, a global industry leader shaping the future of satellite communications, is celebrating its success after shipping 100,000 award-winning Sat3Play® terminals.

Newtec has been working closely with the European satellite provider SES ASTRA to deliver its Sat3Play HUBs and terminals for SES ASTRA's successful interactive broadband service ASTRA2Connect. ASTRA2Connect has more than 75.000 end-users in Europe today and was rated best satellite based broadband service by leading German independent consumer magazine, Stiftung Warentest.

Patrick Biewer, Acting Managing Director of ASTRA Broadband Services (ABBS) - SES ASTRA's broadband subsidiary - commented: "Newtec is an important partner contributing to our success in Europe, Africa and the Middle East." Mr Biewer added: "Innovation and technological progression both play an important role in our further development of the ASTRA2Connect broadband service in many regions."

Newtec's low-cost, Ka-band-ready future-proof Sat3Play terminal includes both FlexACM® technology and the revolutionary 4CPM modulation and coding scheme, which substantially increases the speed and bandwidth efficiency of the total system.

Serge Van Herck, CEO of Newtec, said Sat3Play is a perfect fit for both the consumer and enterprise markets. He commented: "This achievement in Europe is being successfully leveraged in many other regions with customers including HellasSat, IPCopter and Ghana-based K-NET. Sat3Play is now also in use in Africa and the Middle East too."

Sat3Play can be combined with VoIP and Direct-to-Home television services and supports a large variety of professional applications such as for the maritime, energy, transport and security markets. The terminals can be set up quickly and easily using Newtec's Point&Play® self-installation capability.

Newtec's Sat3Play technology is also used for connecting thousands of remote sites as with SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) where the system is being used to provide a sophisticated monitoring and forecasting capability for Italy's gas and electricity authority.

Newtec Communications GmbH

Newtec (www.newtec.eu) is a global industry leader, shaping the future of satellite communications. Offering state-of-the-art 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 and its strong relationship with the European Space Agency (ESA), 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.

About ASTRA Broadband Services

ASTRA Broadband Services is a 100% owned subsidiary of SES ASTRA operating SES ASTRA’s satellite broadband access ASTRA2Connect (www.astra2connect.com).

ASTRA2Connect is a bi-directional satellite broadband service, providing households and companies in regions without terrestrial broadband networks a reliable and low-cost access to the broadband internet as well as VoIP telephony and TV reception.

ASTRA2Connect is today available in over 20 European countries and has already more than 75,000 customers. With speeds of up to 6 Mb/s in download and easily installable hardware components, ASTRA2Connect has become the most successful satellite-based residential broadband network in Europe.

With extensive know-how in the residential market, ABBS has developed the service further to offer customers from the energy, security and transportation industries an attractive and cost-efficient possibility to implement their SCADA applications. Using specially designed in-motion antennas, ASTRA2Connect is also used by the maritime market for low-cost access to the broadband internet.

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