Austrade adds connectivity

Australian trade presence in the Middle East boosts its communications with NewSat satellite equipment.

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By  Stuart Wilson Published  October 26, 2005

Folding dish|~|newsatleft200.jpg|~|Paul Seaton, general manager of NewSat Middle East|~|Australian trade presence in the Middle East boosts its communications with NewSat satellite equipment. The Australian Trade Commission (Austrade) has installed portable satellite equipment from NewSat to supply access to secure communications for its offices and employees in the Middle East. The key component in the implementation is a folding satellite dish, which removes the need for a landline telecommunication link. The dish takes around 20 minutes to assemble, and once connected, links the portable post directly to Austrade in Canberra, which has a permanent dish on the roof. The system will also be used to provide temporary IT services for locations where Austrade does not have a permanent presence, such as at major trade events or any other offsite event where communications and access to IT solutions are required. As well as boosting the communications potential of Austrade, the move is the latest success story for NewSat in the region. NewSat’s parent company Multiemedia recently invested more than US$10 million to acquire the Adelaide mediaport facilities of New Skies Network Australia from a Netherlands-based satellite communications company and plans to use the new assets for a major expansion of its business in the Middle East. “The Government of South Australia and Austrade are of key importance to our operations and help us to attract resellers and customers. These strategic partnerships open doors. For example, the government of South Australia was important in paving the way for our deal to supply satellite technology to the Red Crescent of Iran,” says Paul Seaton, general manager of NewSat. Paul Holloway, South Australia’s Minister for Trade & Industry says the Middle East is very important to Australia in terms of trade. ||**||Inside Iraq|~|newsatright200.jpg|~|Paul Holloway, industry and trade minister for the South Australian government|~|The co-operation with NewSat is a good example of how we can work together to bring benefits to the Middle East’s communications and build business. We have many parallels with Dubai, in that we are trying to position South Australia as the ICT hub of Australia,” explains Holloway. NewSat has recently expanded its operations in Dubai and is hoping to introduce a number of new products to the region and build on the success it has already seen. NewSat has been particularly active in Iraq, where it has played a part in extending internet access after what little fixed infrastructure the country had was destroyed during recent turbulent events in the country. Reyadh Saad, managing director of UGIC Tech, a satellite installer and internet service provider (ISP) in Iraq says that NewSat is the best internet provider in Iraq. “We lost a lot of business by using a previous supplier, which proved to be unreliable. Now, with NewSat on board we are trying to win these clients back. We feel NewSat offers the speed and reliability needed to offer sustained internet services in Iraq,” says Saad. UGIC Tech provides Wi-Fi powered internet access to the US military, enterprises and home users, although the chaotic situation has led to problems. Saad says there are few licensed, legal ISPs and many illegal suppliers, which leads to conflicting signals. The ISP provides a range of speeds from 56Kbytes/s to 512Kbytes/s, as well as voice over internet protocol (VoIP) services. The firm sells scratchcards to users so they can access the internet through a satellite connection. “Iraq is now dependent on satellite communications for internet access. There is no fixed infrastructure and this will take a long time to build up because of the security situation. WiMax may evolve as a viable alternative,” concludes Saad. ||**||

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