Bolivia's space agency taps Newtec for Ka-band satellite transmission

DetailsJuan Fernandez Gonzalez | 18 June 2015

Bolivia's satellite operator Agencia Boliviana Espacial (ABE) and Newtec, developer of equipment and technologies for satellite communications, have completed a trial to transmit more than 500Mbps over 120MHz on Ka-band.

The Ka-band tests demonstrated three main use-case scenarios, showing the versatility of Newtec's MDM6000 series, which as well as being capable of transmitting up to 425Mbps bi-directionally, can also operate at much lower rates as required for multi-carrier applications. The modems also support different standards, including DVB-S2X.

The major outcomes include transmitting 2Mbps over 1MHz bandwidth from the remote to the hub station in Amachuma (located in Bolivia's capital La Paz 4,000m above sea level) using a 1.2m antenna and 4W, ideal for applications like mobile back-haul.

In addition, 153Mbps was transmitted over 36MHz from the hub to the remote station using a 1.2m antenna and 4W, as well as a 9m, 200W hub, in a set-up typical of VSAT operators. The hub to hub (9m and 200W to 9m) test recorded a result of 257Mbps into 60MHz, appropriate for IP trunking and optical fibre restoration.

"The tests with Newtec demonstrated the performance of the company's equipment for a variety of applications, and the high quality of our satellite services," said Iván Zambrana, general executive director of ABE. "The testing was conducted successfully and showed support for different standards and higher spectral efficiency levels."

"The results of these tests are very relevant for the Latin American market and demonstrate that our equipment is suitable for use by the majority of applications in the satcom market, delivering not only the highest efficiency but also future-proof technology and reliable solutions," added Newtec's CEO Serge Van Herck.