NewSat adds dish to increase MEA coverage

Australian satellite services provider NewSat has launched its latest dish for its Indian Ocean satellite, the main station for Middle Eastern subscribers.

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By  Eliot Beer Published  December 7, 2006

Australian satellite services provider NewSat has launched its latest dish for its Indian Ocean satellite, the main station for Middle Eastern subscribers. “This latest NewSat antenna facilitates communication with the Apstar IIR satellite which is strategically located in the Indian Ocean region 34,000 kilometres above the equator,” said John Walker, chairman of NewSat. “It means that NewSat can now provide big business, NGO’s and governments with new opportunities to deliver two-way broadband internet connection to a wide area of the earth’s surface including the Middle East, Australia and Africa.” The new antenna, based at the firm’s Perth teleport, will allow NewSat to improve service levels to the Indian Ocean region, which covers the Middle East and Africa as well as parts of South Asia. “NewSat already has a nest of antennas communicating with 11 satellites in its Perth and Adelaide teleports, but this new connection offers communication to particularly sought-after and in-demand sectors of the globe,” said Paul Seaton, NewSat general manager for the Middle East and Africa. The Middle East’s sparse populations and remote and often hostile terrain mean satellite services are becoming increasingly popular. “NewSat has recently transformed itself into a pure satellite business and this new development and investment in our latest antenna, to work with satellite Apstar IIR, is further evidence of our commitment to our clients in both government and business,” said Walker. “This is especially true for the resource sector which relies on critical communications for the lives of their workers as well as their livelihoods wherever they may be exploring the most hostile environments, whether they are in the Middle East, outback Australia or remote and extremely difficult terrain and situations in Africa,” the NewSat chairman added

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