24 – 25 October 2012
Oshwal Centre, Westlands Nairobi
Australia’s leading satellite communications company will be attending the AITEC East Africa ICT Summit 2012 in Kenya to discuss with experts, businesses and consumers the crucial role satellite communications plays in assisting information-based services.
NewSat Ltd’s Regional Head, Steve Rich, will be at the event to discuss the Jabiru Satellite Program. Over the last few years, demand for satellite capacity not only in East Africa, but across the continent has increased. Just last month the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation or CTO reported that satellite communications now have a crucial role in providing broadband access across Sub-Saharan Africa.
Since the technology is heavily sought after in the region, NewSat aims to take part in the emerging information-based economies of Africa. The Jabiru-1 satellite - the first in the program’s fleet - is already under construction and is slated for a 2014 launch. Those interested in discussing the project with Mr. Steve Rich can send an email to email@example.com or call +61 3 9674 4688.
Once operational, the bird will deliver new capacity through the Ka band spectrum which presented a number of advantages over the present C and Ku bands. Some of these advantages include more flexible payloads for changing consumer demands, more efficient support of bandwidth applications, and a range of regional, multi-spot and steerable beams. The rest of the Ka band satellite fleet will also help in decongesting the already saturated Ku- and C-band.
About the AIETC Summit
This year’s summit will run based on the theme, Smart cities > smart societies > smart enterprises, focusing on strengthening Kenya and East Africa’s present B2B services by getting more consumers engaged in mobile applications. The regions’ emerging information-based economy makes the summit the perfect platform to discuss the robust market growth, and to also network with other businesses as well as consumers. The two-day event will be focusing on three technologies in particular: cloud, security, and mobile. Some of the programme highlights include seminars on the role of VSAT technology in broadband provision, the use of business analytics in Kenya, data security training workshops, and seminars on mobile security considerations.
NewSat is the leading independent satellite communications company in Australia. With two-world class and military accredited teleport facilities in Perth and Teleport uplinking to 12 satellites, NewSat has the capability to supply fast, reliable, and secure satellite communications solutions that can be optimized to meet various remote connectivity needs.
NewSat has established relations with various industries relying on powerful offshore and onshore communications for their business operations in remote sites like the mining, oil and gas, and construction sector. Our services also deliver highly-secure communications infrastructure to US military and government personnel in the Middle East for their mission critical communications. But NewSat is also soaring ahead to the future.
Our Jabiru Satellite Program will launch powerful Ka band satellites into orbit and provide raw capacity, greater payload flexibility, and high-bandwidth capacity to meet the demands in regions such as North Africa, the Middle East, Asia-Pacific, and the Americas. Jabiru 1, the first bird slated for a 2014 launch, is expected to decongest the C- and Ku-band spectrums with its higher bandwidth and speeds, coupled with more powerful transponders, and a range of multi-spot, regional and steerable beams, cost effectively and efficiently.
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After several years in the business, a satellite communications specialist is looking at launching its very own satellite. By Noel Dyson AMM
By mid-2012 NewSat could become the first Australian non-government entity to have its own satellite in space.
NewSat could become the first Australian non-government entity to have its own satellite in space.
The company started mulling the idea over in earnest about 18 months ago. It announced in early 2008 that it would call its bird Jabiru. It acknowledged that while that was synonymous with a Northern Territory town,it expected little confusion between the two as the satellite would be 36,000 kilometres above earth.
The company should be able to tell the market soon who will build the satellite, how big it will be, what slot it will take and who will fund it.
Depending on the size of the satellite it opts to go with, NewSat could be looking at somewhere around $350-500 million. Despite the global financial crisis, NewSat is confident it will find the funds. There are organisations that specialise in funding satellites and their launches. There are even companies that will insure satellites.
While demand for its services is one of the reasons pushing NewSat to take its satellite services to another level, another is a desire to broaden the satellite offering in Australia. Satellite looms as an obvious answer to the problem of getting communications services to remote mining operations and drilling camps. However, it has often been seen as a poor relation to more established forms of communication technology.
Like most other areas, satellite technology has improved rapidly. In some cases it is at a point where communications through it are about on par with other options.
NewSat sells both satellite telemetry services and communications services. It counts many resources players among its clients but is not limited to that field.
Indeed, it lays claim to having one of its satellite dishes atop every Woolworths store in Australia. This means the Woolworths head office can simultaneously broadcast information to every one of its stores, be it in the Melbourne CBD or out in the bush.
NewSat chief executive officer Adrian Ballintine said that within the next 90 days the company would firm up how big its satellite would need to be.
“There are a number of ways to fund satellites he said.” Governments in a number of countries offer some interesting ways of funding satellites. In Europe and the US there are many companies that build rockets. They have government funding organisations that give you benefits if you have your rockets built there.
“It will be a combination of debt and equity funding.”
Indeed, despite the global financial crisis it appears funding will be forthcoming. “I think satellites are proving to be fairly recession proof’ Ballintine said. Broadening Australia’s satellite spectrum is one of his aims.
There are three major broadcast bands - C-band, Ku-band and Ka-band. C-band has particular utility where there is a lot of rain. The Ku-band is widely used in Australia. Ballintine said the Ka-band, tlpified by its small Foxtel-sized antennas. had been overlooked and could be a boon for the Australian market.
“At the moment we’re providing all of our customers with Ku services,” he said. “But with technology improvements the Ka-band is becoming more widely used. We could supply some services to mining communities with it.”
However, Ballintine said there was no Ka band coverage over Australia at the moment, something he hopes to fix when NewSat gets its satellite in the air.
Having its own satellite should also help NewSat boost its customer base. Ballintine said having such space and bandwidth available would allow NewSat to target customers it would not normally. He said the company counted most of the major mining companies among its clients.
‘We also provide services for military camps in Afghanistan and have done some work in Iraq,” Ballintine said. “We cover about 75 per cent of the world”
As Australia’s leading independent satellite communications company, NewSat provides satellite services to other communications providers. NewSat have the capabilities to “fill in the gaps” and extend the coverage of communication partners, allowing them to offer complete networks not restricted by remote locations. With two world recognised Australian Teleports, NewSat have the expertise to offer multiple solutions based on the best-suited satellites and technology, tailored to each customer’s unique requirements.
Whether it be providing dedicated point-to-point (SCPC) links or TDMA platform style solutions for corporate communications, NewSat is efficient and flexible in meeting the requirements of our customers, adding value to their business propositions. NewSat also provide TT&C satellites management facilities and payload operations support. NewSat have many long lasting relationships with communications companies, together, creating and integrating solutions, that best meet the needs of the end user.
The Kimberley Region is one of nine regions in the “top end” of Western Australia. It is the hottest part of Australia, about three times the size of England and so remote that many towns are not accessible by road. The Kimberley population and economy continues to grow, driven by industries such as oil, gas, pearling and tourism.
The Kimberley Region required reliable and cost-effective communications infrastructure to support residents, government, private enterprise and tourism. Without satellite these towns would still be without even the most basic communications. Satellite broadband was rolled out to some of the most remote towns in Australia, many without adequate access, basic amenities and infrastructure. This complex project posed many challenges from engineering, operations and economic perspectives.
In October 2007, the Western Australian and Federal Governments awarded NewSat the contract to provide broadband services to the remote Kimberley Region of Western Australia. This wide ranging contract required the design, development and deployment of satellite broadband to 16 of the most remote towns in Australia, some not even accessible by road for most of the year.
Satellite broadband was provided through infrastructure in NewSat’s Perth Teleport and a satellite and wireless installation in each town. Broadband and VoIP services were delivered as well as providing Internet access for corporate, government and casual “hot-spot” users. “Having access to a broadband network has brought a whole new dimension to connectivity in these communities, the benefits are not just for the locals,” - Kimberley retailer.
The Kimberley project continues to deliver broadband services to communities that have previously been unable to access high bandwidth services and has continued to provide travellers in the Kimberley Region with affordable and essential links to the outside world.