New Skies announces new communications hub

Satellite communications company New Skies Satellite NV has announced a new teleport, that will serve as a major Middle East gateway to Europe, Africa and Asia Pacific relaying broadband internet, voice and data traffic as well as digital video transmissions via the NSS-6 satellite.

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By  Vijaya Cherian Published  February 13, 2004

Satellite communications company New Skies Satellite NV has announced a new teleport, that will serve as a major Middle East gateway to Europe, Africa and Asia Pacific relaying broadband internet, voice and data traffic as well as digital video transmissions via the NSS-6 satellite. The hub will be provided by UNITEL in Greece. The Mediterranean mediaport, located outside Athens, features Ku-band uplink facilities access New Skies’ NSS-6 satellite. By offering customers high-powered and complete coverage of the region with access to a global communications infrastructure, the mediaport claims to significantly enhance communications between the Middle East and other regions of the world. “The new mediaport will serve as a major hub for voice, video, internet and data communications to and from the Middle East,” commented Hussein Oteifa, senior director of sales for New Skies, Middle East. “Taking advantage of the new gateway and NSS-6’s vast footprint, ISPs and other internet customers in the region can connect to the global internet backbone at rapid speeds using low-cost KU-band equipment. Also, telecommunications carriers and GSM operators can terminate voice minutes at major call centres throughout Europe and Asia; and news gatherers can contribute video feeds to broadcasters around the world,” he added. The satellite communications company has also announced the launch of a new IPsys IP transmission platform at the mediaport. This will provide a direct link to the global internet backbone for internet service providers, telecommunications carriers, government agencies and businesses throughout the Middle East. “The new Ku-band IP sys platform on NSS-6 will expand the delivery of many value-added services to prospective customers across the Middle East, and will allow for higher throughput and lower delay internet transmissions to the region. IPsys customers will be able to employ small Ku-band receive equipment and benefit from low start-up costs and the higher transmission rates enabled by NSS-6’s high-power coverage over the region,” added Oteifa.

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