Newtec Satellite Backhaul Technology Helps Bring Mobile Service to West Africa’s Mauritania

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. Newtec, a provider of equipment and technologies for satellite communications, has deployed its Dialog multiservice platform in West Africa to provide cellular backhaul for Mattel, the nation of Mauritania’s main mobile service operator.

Working with local systems integrator Global Technologies, Newtec engineers installed a Newtec Dialog Hub at several remote sites across the Mauritania nation. 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 Mx-DMA bandwidth allocation technology that’s built into the Newtec Dialog platform to allow services to be delivered with the efficiency of Single Channel per Carrier (SCPC) and the flexibility of Time Division Multiple Access (TDMA). This reduces operational costs while increasing reliability to backhaul sites in remote and rural locations. Satellite capacity for the project is being provided by the EUTELSAT 8 West B satellite, which was launched in 2015.

Dominique Saint-Jean, CEO of Mattel, said that due to its widely dispersed population, delivering mobile connectivity to rural Mauritania posed a complex challenge. It required what he called a “scalable, efficient cellular backhaul solution using existing satellite coverage.”

To ensure service reliability, Mattel installed a Newtec Dialog Hub at several remote sites across the Mauritanian nation.

To ensure service reliability, Mattel installed a Newtec Dialog Hub at several remote sites across the Mauritanian nation.

Newtec’s Mx-DMA technology helped improve service reliability and subscriber satisfaction, while also making efficient use of the available capacity.

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 that 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.

Semir Hassanaly, Newtec’s Market Director for Cellular Backhaul and Trunking, said the solution provided for 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 Mx-DMA return technology.

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