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HeliosNet, Newtec partner for B2C, B2B VSAT service over Eastern Russia

Russian Satellite Communications Company’s Express-AM5 satellite to enable high-speed broadband connectivity across region

Newtec has been selected by HeliosNet to power its new B2B and B2C VSAT broadband service over Eastern Russia.

The new HelioNet service will be offered using the Russian Satellite Communications Company’s new Express-AM5 satellite, launched in December 2013. Newtec will install a broadband system, including its satellite broadband hub and thousands of terminals (MDM2200 and MDM3100 IP satellite modems), enabling reliable and easy-to-install low- and high-speed B2C and B2B services.

The Newtec broadband hub will be installed in Irkutsk, the Eastern Siberia region of Russia, and will upgrade HeliosNet’s current broadband infrastructure.

“We selected Newtec’s VSAT technology for our new satellite broadband service after being impressed by the ease of use, the bandwidth efficiency and the price attractiveness of the end-user terminals. This means we can provide an attractive service pricing without jeopardising the quality,” says Alexey Sergeev, General Director of HeliosNet.

While the HeliosNet service will initially utilise Ku band, the terminals can be easily upgraded later to operate in Ka band by a simple change of Newtec’s interactive LNB and with no hardware adaptation to the satellite modem or the antenna.

Serge Van Herck, CEO of Newtec, adds: “As broadband capacity becomes available over a wider geographic area, the Russian VSAT broadband market is experiencing a real boost and we are pleased to be playing a key part in that.”