Newtec Tapped to Increase African Internet Service

The company installed equipment that will allow Congolese service provider Microcom to extend the range of service potential for existing clients.
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Newtec has installed equipment that will allow Congolese service provider Microcom to extend the range of service potential for existing clients and potentially include the whole of Central and Western Africa in its network.

Microcom, an Internet service provider in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), has upgraded its network to add two new Newtec Elevation hubs in Fuchsstadt, Germany on Intelsat’s IS 10-02, and in the United States on IS 25, to service remote stations and WiMax networks, Newtec says.

Microcom is expected to maintain the highest available throughput whilst keeping expensive leased space capacity as low as possible, said Laurent Ntumba, a Microcom official in the DRC. Therefore, the deployment of the Newtec technology is expected to make it possible to heavily reduce the operational expense of the satellite capacity and make life better for DRC citizens, Ntumba added.

“We are looking to satellite technology to solve the capacity problem. We have great relationship with specialists in the industry and Newtec came recommended as the expert in its field,” he said. “However, the price of satellite capacity is very high, particularly in the DRC where there is very limited competition from copper or fibre infrastructure.”

Newtec’s Elevation hubs were selected because they perform modulation and demodulation, as well as state-of-the-art traffic enhancement, compression and protection capabilities for IP services, according to Microcom. Newtec also facilitates a number of advanced multilevel IP traffic policing and real time shaping functionalities with a DVB-S2 IP encapsulator, and a DVB-S2 modulation parameter controller.

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