O3b, Newtec, Wiseband receive accolades at BroadcastPro Awards

by Adrienne Harebottle | November 13th, 2013

Three satellite players received awards on November 12 at the annual BroadcastPro Awards event held at The Address Dubai Marina. With three categories offered by the flagship event’s Special Satellite Segment, the gathering, during a night of revelry attended by over 240 prominent industry players, lauded O3b Networks, Newtec and Wiseband for their achievements.

The Editor’s Choice Award was given to Wiseband for its pioneering auto-deploy antenna franchise concept, which not only fills a gap in the market but also presents job opportunities, promotes training and develops the antenna market in the area in which the franchise is operating.

Ahmed Hassan, CEO of Wiseband, received the award stating: “It is a great feeling to have this venture acknowledged and to be part of the festivities going on. We’ve worked very hard to develop this business and we look forward to the coming year when our dedication and efforts will come into fruition. I am very happy to be here and delighted to have won this accolade.”

Newtec received Outstanding Achievement for its efforts in defining and developing the DVB-S2 Extension for which it developed innovations that enable unprecedented efficiency gains. Codenamed the DVB-SX, the update is capable of boosting satellite link efficiency by 20% in direct-to-home networks, 37% in other professional applications compared to DVB-S2 and up to 64% with wideband. These increased efficiencies in satellite communications help lower the capital expenditures and operating expenses, thereby directly benefiting the industry across the board.

Finally, O3b Networks was named Satellite Operator of the Year for its dedication to improving the lives of the 3 billion people around the world with limited or no internet access. Its mission will afford these masses of underserved people with lowered costs and improved latency.

All three of the award recipients can be said to have directly contributed to the betterment of the industry across the MENA region, an achievement that deserves to be not only acknowledged but celebrated.



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