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Arqiva Selects Newtec To Upgrade Modulator Fleet


Newtec’s channel partner Sematron agrees major framework deal for Newtec’s M6100 Broadcast Satellite Modulators which will be used in Arqiva’s DTH equipment refreshment program.

WINCHESTER, UK, and SINT-NIKLAAS, Belgium, 10 September 2013 Arqiva, the communications infrastructure and media services company, has selected satellite specialist Newtec’s powerful and award-winning M6100 Satellite Broadcast Modulator to upgrade parts of its network.

M6100 Broadcast Satellite Modulator
M6100 Broadcast Satellite Modulator

This multi-year deal, enabled by Newtec’s long-term partner Sematron, also includes an upgrade and refurbishment of Arqiva’s existing infrastructure to provide additional capabilities for future enhancements.

The M6100 is the new generation DVB-S2, DVB-DSNG and DVB-S modulator specifically designed for contribution of television and radio content, primary distribution of content and broadcast direct-to-home (DTH). M6100 modulators have been developed to serve existing uplinks as well as being future proofed for the upcoming DVB-S2 Extension standard due to be released later this year.

Arqiva has used Newtec products for many years because of their operational reliability and advanced capabilities, said Geoff Smith, Principal Engineer at Arqiva. Specifically, the M6100 provides now steeper roll-off, RF Carrier ID (according to the new DVB-CID standard), built in transport stream analyzer and automated pre-distortion.

Smith continued: “Thanks to the support provided by the Sematron Technical Team, Arqiva was able to fully evaluate the new product and will be able to take advantage of its ability to upgrade efficiently for future needs. In addition, the short lead time offered by Newtec has been a key factor in the decision to go with the M6100.”

At the beginning of this year, Newtec’s M6100 Broadcast Satellite Modulator, launched at NAB in 2012, won the WTA Teleport Technology of the Year award, praised by judges for providing the greatest contribution to the business and operational success by lowering costs, increasing efficiency, enabling new capabilities and providing access to new markets.

Serge Van Herck, CEO, Newtec said: “We are really pleased with the performance of the M6100 which is a proven and reliable technology used by leading players like Arqiva. We have designed it to be compatible with all standards under development and it already has hardware on-board capable of achieving the highest quality and bandwidth efficiency. This will further increase when the new S2 Extension standard is released later this year.”

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About Sematron
For over 20 years Sematron,, has built a substantial reputation as a supplier of RF, microwave and digital technology. We have been designing, supplying and implementing solutions globally for the telecoms and enterprise, defense and avionics, new media and broadcast and mobile and wireless sectors.

At every stage of your project or system/product lifecycle we demonstrate sensitivity to your needs and acute awareness of our role in protecting your profits and reputation. You can be confident in Sematron as an expert, reliable and consistently responsive partner/supplier.

About Arqiva
Arqiva,, the communications infrastructure and media services company, operates at the heart of the broadcast, satellite and mobile communications markets.

The company is at the forefront of network solutions and services in the digital world. Arqiva provides much of the infrastructure behind television, radio, satellite and wireless communications in the UK and has a significant presence in Ireland, mainland Europe and the USA. Customers include major broadcasters such as the BBC, ITV, BSkyB and the independent radio groups, major telco providers including the UK's four mobile network operators, and the emergency services.

About Newtec
Newtec,, is specialized in designing, developing and manufacturing equipment and technologies for satellite communications. As a pioneer in the industry, Newtec is dedicated to creating new possibilities for the broadcast, IP trunking and backhauling, consumer and enterprise VSAT and government and defense markets. Our products and technologies can be applied in a wide range of applications from DTH broadcasting, video contribution and distribution and disaster recovery and backbones for backhauling, to small and medium enterprises, SCADA networks, manned and unmanned aircrafts, border control and Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR).

For over 28 years, our dedicated team of specialists has set industry standards with the most efficient, scalable and economical technology solutions. New challenges and customer needs offer opportunities to explore new boundaries. This empowers us to work even harder, helping customers to perform their best so that, together, we can make the world a safer, more informed and connected place. As a result, more than 3 billion people watch TV every day thanks to Newtec technology.

Newtec is a European company founded in 1985. Through commercial offices in Sint-Niklaas (Belgium), Dubai (UAE), Singapore, Beijing (China), Sao Paulo (Brazil) and Stamford, CT (USA) as well as an extensive network of over 80 certified partners, Newtec can meet customer’s needs worldwide.