Talia partners with Newtec to increase capacity Arabsat 5C Ka satellite

15 January 2018 | Natalie Bannerman


Talia has purchased a Newtec Dialog platform to provide Ka-band High Throughput Satellite (HTS) services to Afghanistan and Iraq.

Jack Buechler 160 x 186The collaboration between the two will enable access to multiple transponders on Arabsat’s 5C Ka-band satellite, which is located 20 Degrees East.

Commenting on the news, Jack Buechler, Talia’s VP of business development, said: “We are delighted with the performance, flexibility, manageability and reliability of the existing Newtec Dialog platform covering the whole of Africa. This new platform will service both broadband users utilising low-cost, self-install 75cm antennae, as well as enterprise and carrier-grade services at much higher bandwidths.”

The HTS Newtec Dialog platform uses small VSAT antennas to create lower price points for Internet access in the region. In turn this lower for hardware and services increases the number of people able to connect to the internet, which is all in line with Talia’s CSR mission to support communities and economies.

“Talia is a longstanding partner of Newtec and has always been at the forefront of providing its customers with high-speed efficiency and reliability. The purchase of this latest Newtec Dialog platform will see our cooperation move into a multitude of new services and we applaud Talia on its innovative market approach,” added Thomas Van den Driessche, CEO of Newtec.

The Newtec Dialog platform uses innovative setup guides so that customers can self-install the terminals with an app – either on Apple’s iPhone or Google’s Android devices. The company says that this ease-of-access and reduced upfront cost will allow more users to take-up these new Ka-band HTS services.

In March, Talia Afghanistan Corporation announced its registration and licensing with the Afghan Ministry of Commerce and Industries. Included in the ICT licence that was awarded in February of last year, is IT systems and software projects.