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March 02, 2010

Newtec, ASBU, Arabsat Sign Contract to Expand MENOS TV and Radio Exchange Network

By Marisa Torrieri, TMCnet Editor

Newtec (News - Alert), a Belgium-based manufacturer of broadcast modulator technology, has announced new partners of the MENOS content exchange network.
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The partners, officially revealed during the Arabsat customer seminar in Beirut last month, signed agreements for expansion of the MENOS network to use the new Arabsat 5A satellite, due to be launched shortly.
Under terms of the partnership, The Arab States Broadcasting Union, Arabsat and Newtec will be able to provide additional TV/Radio contribution and exchange services to their existing users. They will also be able to expand services to additional customers on this successful and growing network.
In addition to Ku-Band FSS capacity, the services will also make use of the new extended “Appendix 30B” Ku-Band transponders and will include the construction of a new earth station in the MENOS Hub to operate on the expanded frequency range.  
“The success of the MENOS network is reflected in the growing demand for additional bandwidth,” said Serge Van Herck, CEO of Newtec. “It is with great pride that we see continued expansion of the platform to expand the service offering in the region.”
Arabsat has also committed to supporting the joint service platform with even more capacity on future satellites, to satisfy the growing service demands from additional parties throughout the Middle East North African region and beyond.
Slaheddine Maaoui, director general of the ASBU, called the partnership another MENOS milestone.
“The expanded MENOS services that will be enabled by this agreement will further benefit the entire regional community,” Maaoui said.
Khalid Balkheyour, CEO of Arabsat, seemed to agree.
“The continued expansion of satellite bandwidth to MENOS is one of our key strategic goals as we continue to enhance our fleet and service offerings,” Balkheyour said. “Our motto of ‘Our world, Your world’ has no better demonstration than in our steadfast support to our MENOS partners.”

Marisa Torrieri is a TMCnet Web editor, covering IP hardware and mobility, including IP phones, smartphones, fixed-mobile convergence and satellite technology. She also compiles and regularly contributes to TMCnet's gadgets and satellite e-Newsletters. To read more of Marisa's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Marisa Torrieri

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