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Tue 17 Oct 2006 04:00 AM

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Arabsat, ASBU & Newtec team up for MENOS project

According to the agreement, ASBU has awarded a contract to Newtec for the supply and installation of a broadband IP-based satellite network, which will be used for the exchange of multimedia services that will be operated on Arabsat’s BADR-4 satellite.

Middle East satellite operator, Arabsat, Tunisia-based ASBU (Arab States Broadcasting Union), and Belgium company, Newtec have teamed up to work on the Multimedia Exchange Network Over Satellite (MENOS) project. According to the agreement, ASBU, which currently operates a large international radio and television satellite exchange network on the Arabsat satellite fleet, has awarded a contract to Newtec for the supply and installation of a broadband IP-based satellite network. This network will be used for the exchange of multimedia services that will be operated on Arabsat’s soon-to-be launched BADR-4 satellite.

The MENOS system combines satellite broadband system with technologies in the fields of transmission, content exchange and network operation.

Khalid Balkheyour, president & CEO of Arabsat, welcomed the official launch of the project. “We are proud to introduce together into the Middle East this combination of IP and satellite transmission technologies,” he says. “We are honoured by their confidence in the performance of Arabsat’s constellation of BADR satellites at our 26° East primary video location,” he adds.

In the first phase of its deployment, this system will be used daily by ASBU members to exchange real-time broadcasting content via a central HUB and 52 remote terminals.

In the second phase, MENOS will be made available to any Arabsat customer for media content file exchanges or to large corporations, enterprises, and SMEs for high-speed data file exchange.

The network is scheduled for operation in mid-2007.

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