Bentley Walker to extend VSAT services to Iraq

NewtecProvider for broadband satellite VSAT services Bentley Walker is extending its coverage in the Middle East to Iraq using Newtec’s Ka-band VSAT broadband platform

The new service, which will initially deliver high speed broadband connectivity to Iraq, went live in last week of August 2014 and will provide reliable high speed Internet connectivity across the country using a Newtec IP Broadband HUB installed at Avanti’s new gateway at Makarios Teleport in Cyprus.

The service will use high throughput satellite (HTS) Ka-band capacity on Avanti’s HYLAS 2 satellite, which was launched in August 2012. Complex geography and poor terrestrial infrastructure in Iraq is leading to satellite based broadband Internet quickly becoming the preferred high speed solution for the majority in the country, local reports said.

Anthony Walker, CEO of Bentley Walker, said, “We have been happy with our Ka-band system, which also uses Newtec equipment, in Libya, where it is our number one selling service, and we will use the same product to take us to the forefront of the market in Iraq.

“The Newtec Network Management System will provide our in-country distribution partners full access and control to the installed terminals, allowing our partners to deliver on-the-spot after-sales support in the local language. Newtec’s unique capability to enable committed information rate (CIR) services is another clear advantage that allows us to extend our services to business users who typically have higher service requirements. We can now deliver tailor-made service solutions in line with the requirements of all customers.”

According to the company, the Newtec VSAT terminals have been designed for both consumers as well as for small and medium enterprises (SME). The terminals provide bi-directional connectivity over satellite, supporting a wide range of IP-based services like Internet access and VoIP, as well as multicast based services. Newtec’s modems are engineered to operate with the latest generation of high throughput Ka-band satellites, enabling much higher throughput than has previously been possible.

Serge Van Herck, CEO of Newtec, added, “Our VSAT terminals have been developed to keep operational costs down whilst maintaining maximum quality and ensuring the optimal link for each and every end user.”

Several of Newtec’s VSAT hubs have already been deployed by Avanti and are currently being operated from Avanti’s teleport in Cyprus, enabling service deployment towards the various HTS Ka-band spotbeams on the HYLAS 2 Ka-band satellite.

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