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Neda taps Isotropic for satellite terminals in Afghanistan

Neda taps Isotropic for satellite terminals in Afghanistan

Afghanistan’s Neda has commissioned satellite terminal provider Isotropic Systems to develop self-installing, all electronic scanning terminals to extend its single channel per carrier (SCPC) broadband capabilities across the country for enterprise, government and consumer users.

Isotropic will supply Neda with an ‘out of the box’ consumer web experience that eliminates the need for skilled installation, and allows for remote repointing to alternative satellite capacity services when required. The deal with Isotropic Systems demonstrates Neda’s commitment to innovation in Afghanistan to provide world-class connectivity in the region.

Isotropic Systems’ optical technology will enable terminals that meet or exceed traditional very small aperture terminal (VSAT) performance at one-tenth the cost of current VSAT. The technology mitigates several key engineering challenges to deliver seamless auto tracking, unlimited instantaneous bandwidth through true time delay, and a 90% reduction in power consumption over conventional design. In addition, it automatically tunes the satellite beam pointing to maintain the precise accuracy over time that is uniquely needed for Ka-band systems to optimise the efficiency of the links in the service provider's network.

John Finney, founder and CEO of Isotropic Systems, said: “This initial order of terminals is a small fraction of the opportunity available in this market. Our agreement underscores the need for Isotropic’s price-disruptive terminals with features that target low customer revenues that are challenging to serve with ‘out of the box’, self-installing, fully integrated terminals. Based on this initial success, we anticipate easily achieving an overall company backlog of 50,000 to 100,000 terminals prior to the first commercial deployments scheduled for late 2019.”

Artem Belotski, Chief Technology Officer, Neda Telecommunications, said: “Our strategy is to embed Isotropic technology into the network to allow ourselves the freedom to offer customers the best capacity at highly affordable pricing. The Isotropic terminal allows us to pre-stage, configure, test, pack and ship to our customers for a truly ‘out of the box’ experience with unparalleled price and features.”

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