Turksat’s new satellite gets ground system boost

Turksat’s new satellite gets ground system boost

Leading regional satellite operator Türksat and satellite communications company ST Engineering iDirect have signed a multi-million dollar contract for the ground systems required to run a variety of services over the recently launched Türksat 5B satellite.

ST Engineering iDirect will provide multiple Dialog XIF hubs and 5,000 remotes, enabling Türksat to augment services to various markets including government, enterprise, mobility and cellular backhaul across 30 beams, providing what is described as the best connectivity experience – from low data rates all the way to very large throughputs of over 1 Gbps for the most demanding applications.

ST Engineering iDirect says the new installations will ensure that Türksat can run its satellite networks more efficiently and easily and rapidly adapt its existing networks or build new ones through ST Engineering iDirect’s Network Management System (NMS) that allows services, capacity, terminals and beams to be scaled in an instant, fully automated and orchestrated way.

Türksat can also maximize the benefits of the powerful 5B HTS by leveraging the highest efficiencies and throughputs of the DVB-S2X waveform as well as optimize the return link with Mx-DMA MRC. 

Launched in December 2021, the Türksat 5B satellite provides data communication and broadcasting services over a wide coverage area that reaches the entire Middle East, the Persian Gulf, the Red Sea, the Mediterranean, the Black Sea, North Africa, East Africa, South Africa and Nigeria. It also provides customized services to airlines and commercial ship operators around the world via its Ka-band beams. The new services are expected to begin in Q3 2022.

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