SES and Newtec boost satellite efficiency in Africa

The Newtec MDM6000 satellite modem, as implemented in the SES-5 satellite backhauling infrastructure. (Image source: Newtec)The Newtec MDM6000 satellite modem, as implemented in the SES-5 satellite backhauling infrastructure. (Image source: Newtec)Mobile 3G networks in Africa are set to benefit from new-generation Newtec modems that boost the performance and efficiency of the SES-5 satellite backhaul infrastructure

SES has tested and implemented the Newtec MDM6000 satellite modems to increase the efficiency on its African SES-5 payload.

The MDM6000 satellite modems are optimised for medium to high speed IP applications over satellite.

They are capable of delivering up to 37 per cent in efficiency gains compared with the existing DVB-S2 standard, thanks to S2 extensions. SES is one of the first satellite operators commercially using S2 extensions.

The MDM6000 modems handle up to 380 Mbps bi-directionally. In this instance, the SES operated link transmits at 250 Mpbs over satellite, with the option to pay more as demand increases.

“Fibre bridges the digital divide between the western world and Africa but does not bridge the digital divide within Africa between urban and non-urban areas," said Ibrahima Guimba-Saidou, SVP for SES in Africa.

"This new technology boosts the performance of satellite power which transcends geographic challenges to provide that vital last mile connectivity in Africa.”

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