Mattel partners with Newtec to expand 2G network coverage in rural Mauritania

Newtec – a designer, developer and manufacturer of equipment and technologies for satellite communications – has announced the successful commercial deployment of a Newtec Dialog multiservice platform to provide cellular backhaul for Mattel, one of Mauritania’s mobile operators.

Working with its certified business partner GLOBAL Technologies, Newtec has installed a Newtec Dialog Hub and has deployed several remote sites across the Mauritanian nation in record time. This network will initially deliver 2G mobile connectivity, but will soon provide 3G/4G services to areas underserved by terrestrial networks.

Mattel is also leveraging Newtec’s unique Mx-DMA bandwidth allocation technology on board the Newtec Dialog platform, enabling services to be delivered with the efficiency of SCPC and the flexibility of MF-TDMA, reducing operational costs while increasing reliability. Satellite capacity for the project is being provided by the EUTELSAT 8 West B satellite which was launched in 2015.

“Due to the widely-dispersed population, delivering mobile connectivity to rural Mauritania posed a complex challenge. It required a scalable, efficient cellular backhaul solution using existing satellite coverage,” said Dominique Saint-Jean, CEO of Mattel. “The combination of GLOBAL Technologies’ expertise and the Newtec Dialog platform provided exactly that, allowing us to offer high-quality 2G connectivity for our customers today, with the ability to meet our future needs. In particular, Newtec’s Mx-DMA technology has paid dividends when it comes to service reliability and subscriber satisfaction, as well as effective use of the capacity available.”

In an increasingly competitive mobile market, satellite backhaul applications need to remain efficient to save bandwidth, while still delivering the availability and Quality of Service (QoS) required by customers. At the same time, end-users’ diverse and evolving usage habits require solutions which provide statistical multiplexing and dynamic bandwidth allocation.

“One of the key requirements for this deployment was a future-proof solution which could adapt to the developing needs of Mattel’s customers,” said Jean-Paul Steinitz, CEO of GLOBAL Technologies. “The Newtec Dialog platform provides the 2G service Mattel needs now and the flexibility to offer 3G and 4G services in the future as customers’ needs develop towards more data-driven services.”

As a multiservice platform, Newtec Dialog enables tailored services and guarantees optimal modulation and bandwidth allocation, whether it is being used to provide cellular backhaul, enterprise, consumer broadband or mobility services.

“In remote rural locations, satellite backhaul is often the only mobile transport available that can provide the reliability and quick service rollout that is required. On the other hand, operational costs must be minimized to remain competitive,” said Semir Hassanaly, Newtec’s Market Director for Cellular Backhaul and Trunking. “The solution provided for GLOBAL Technologies and Mattel delivers not only unrivaled service availability and flexibility to deal with the changing landscape of customers’ demands, but also low cost of operation thanks to Newtec’s award-winning Mx-DMA return technology.”

Based in BelgiumNewtec provides solutions for broadcast, consumer and enterprise VSAT, government and defense, cellular backhaul and trunking and mobility, offshore and maritime markets. The firm’s products and technologies can be applied in a wide range of single and multiservice applications from DTH broadcasting, video contribution and distribution and disaster recovery and backbones for cellular backhauling, to small and medium enterprises, SCADA and oil and gas networks, aircrafts and vessels.

GLOBAL Technologies is specialized in the design, installation, operation and maintenance of critical technical infrastructure and systems. The Group works for companies and organizations in environments in which service continuity is key to the success of defense and telecommunications operations and of government and international bodies.

Mauritano-Tunisienne des Télécommunications (Mattel), is the leading mobile phone operator in Mauritania established on May 11, 2000 as the result of a deal between Mauritanian and Tunisian economic operators.



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