Newtec, a specialist in the design, development and manufacture of equipment for satellite communications, has announced that it has deployed a Newtec Dialog® hub for the Agencia Boliviana Espacia (ABE) which will enable the agency to extend access to residential broadband to at least 6,000 users. The service will be delivered via ABE’s Tupac Katari 1 satellite in Ka-band.
The project, which is part of the government’s National Broadband Plan, will serve the currently unserved Bolivian population at an affordable rate of entry for plans ranging from 4Mbps download and 1Mbps upload, and will mirror a similar cost of residential broadband access found in urban areas.
The service will utilize the DVB-S2X MDM2210 IP Satellite Modem which is a two-way, high throughput modem that supports a wide range of IP services such as Internet/intranet access, Voice over IP (VoIP) and multicasting services. Its ease of installation, high-performance modulation techniques and integrated Wi-Fi enable network operators to offer IP broadband services in a cost-effective way over Ku- and Ka-band networks.
The Bolivian government recognizes the importance of the availability of broadband services both for businesses and the general population of the country and aims to connect 50 percent of households to an Internet service by 2020.
“The introduction of the Newtec Dialog hub will give ABE flexibility and scalability as it continues to introduce broadband services to the Bolivian population via its world-class teleport,” said Bart Van Utterbeeck, VP South America at Newtec.
Ramon Ertze, Account Manager at Newtec, added: “Newtec is very pleased that the Bolivian Space Agency has placed its confidence in us. We look forward to helping to enable future social inclusion and economic growth in Bolivia.”
The Newtec Dialog hub has been installed at the Amachuma ground station, located 4,000 meters above sea level, which literally takes Newtec technology to new heights. The ground station accommodates Tupac Katari 1’s two 120MHz transponders. ABE is now embarking on commercial rollout of the service.
“We selected Newtec because we were impressed by the company’s innovation and capabilities, which we have seen deployed all over the world,” said Ivan Zambrana, Executive General Director at ABE. “The Newtec Dialog hub will enable us to offer services according to our requirements yet to keep our costs down without any compromise on performance or flexibility. We look forward to our continued work together in helping to connect even more of the Bolivian population in the future.”