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UK-based family firm returns to Gitex for an eighth year, this time promoting its latest broadband services

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By  Laura Barnes Published  September 26, 2005

Bentley Walker is back at Gitex to showcase its latest range of satellite IP terminals. The UK company is an old hand when it comes to Gitex, having exhibited seven times before, and it sees good value in its annual trip to the Dubai World Trade Centre. “In the IT industry, you have to be seen in the right places and this is the perfect place for this,” says Bentley Walker director, Matthew Walker. “Dubai is a business hub for the region, so it makes sense to come here, to meet with our local distributor, WAFA Technical Systems Services, and our customers, as well as to display the new products that we have,” he continues. Bentley Walker’s main focus is on satelitte and broadband solutions, particularly those that combine the two. Among its latest offerings that are being promoted at the show is a satellite-based live two-way conferencing system. Such systems have been on the market for sometime, but Bentley Walker believes that the technology has now matured enough for it to breakthrough into the mainstream. “This system is relatively popular, and the smoother the conversation and the less of a time delay, the more popular it will become,” says Walker. “In this region, in particular, people are hungry for this type of technology and the market is always eager for whatever is the fastest service on the market,” he continues. Alongside its latest offering for two-way satellite communications, Bentley Walker is also using its stand to promote a product called Star Com. Designed and manufactured by the British-based company, Walker says that the product “is our baby.” The Star Com is a one-box solution for satellite modem, IP router and TCP optimisation. It also houses a centralised management tool for software upgrades and configuration changes. Additionally it uses 50% less power compared to RSV and the auto power adjustment provides reliable connectivity even in bad weather conditions. “The Star Com has an extensive satellite coverage, spreading over the MENA region as well as mid and South Africa, Europe and the -stan region, centring around Afghanistan,” says Walker. The Star Com box, which weighs in at 3.18 kg, can be used across a number of industries. In the oil & gas sector, for instance, it could enable the transmission of realtime data and voice from field and offsite drilling rigs. An ISP, meanwhile, could use the unit while supplying high speed internet access measured with a service level agreement (SLA), as well as for value added services such as WiFi. “We are especially proud of the Star Com as it is our own product,” says Walker. “We hope that it will be a success in this region, not only through our local distributor but also at the show, where we can get interest from new markets and new customers,” he adds.

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