Newtec, SniperHill Enhance Network Serving NATO, U.S. Troops in Afghanistan

VSAT network provides the highest possible transmission throughput and efficiency
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SINT-NIKLAAS, BELGIUM—Satellite communications specialist Newtec and U.S. commercial Internet service provider SniperHill have deployed new satellite technology to provide increased throughput and service availability for Morale, Welfare and Recreation networks on U.S. and NATO bases in Afghanistan.

The solution enables the DHI Telecom Group brand to manage capacity and deliver increased throughput with dynamic allocation, shaping and prioritization to multiple sites across a hybrid network of terrestrial optical fiber, wireless, satellite and microwave.

“From early on we found the harsh operating environments in Afghanistan and Iraq were not suitable for standard enterprise solutions. Bringing in Newtec has lowered our OPEX and enabled us to manage bandwidth at more efficient levels, whilst providing an even more robust service,” said Wallace Davis, president of SniperHill.

The Newtec EL501 Hub has been installed at SniperHill’s partner teleport facility in Germany operated by the Central European Telecom Services Group. From its location there, it enables high throughput networks over satellite to operate at several locations across the Middle East for MWR programs, including WiFi access for deployed U.S. and NATO troops, contractors and personnel at FOrward Bases, camps and airfields.

“The cooperation and alliance between DHI and CETel Group along with the specifically implemented Newtec equipment for efficient satellite based C- and Ku-Band services will allow both parties to provide more reliable and cost effective services throughout the corresponding coverage zones,” said Martin Terlunen, managing director of the CETel Group.

DHI chose Newtec technology for its FlexACM and Clean Channel Technology.

“In 2009 we were able to increase capacity for SniperHill in Iraq and turn 74 Mbps into 97 Mbps. Now, with this even more extensive implementation (146 Mbps forward, 32 Mbps back) of our latest technologies, we are helping to make it the most efficient network possible, which is required given the harsh operating conditions in the region,” said Newtec CEO Serge Van Herck.