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March 14, 2012

Satellite 2012: NovelSat Innovates with Third Generation Technology

For years, satellite providers thought there was an upper limit to the capacity, the “pipe” they use to transmit data. The DVB-S2 standard was thought to be the optimum. But then, when other providers turned their attention to compression techniques, one company, NovelSat (News - Alert), took on a bunker-like mentality and put their energy into creating a third generation technology.

And, according to David Furstenberg, chairman of the Board of NovelSat, their NS3 technology does represent a third generation, and, in fact, improves over the second generation as much as the second gen improved over the first.

The spectrum efficiency company conducted over 100 trials, mostly with Tier 1 class customers, such as SES, IntelSat, Eutelsat (News - Alert) and others. They found an improvement of 20 to 78 percent, and the company feels that their pricing can compete with fiber as well.

According to Furstenberg, they achieved a data rate of 765 mbps on a 72mHz transponder. He also stated that the technology is fully backwards compatible for modulators, demodulators and modems, and it is compatible with all compression techniques. The robust technology handles saturation, phase noise and illegal interference.

Furstenberg stated that the combination of six or seven technologies is granular and has the lowest implementation loss. Because it can increase the area of a satellite it is ideal for maritime use and because it can help decrease the size of equipment it can be very beneficial for military purposes, too.

Perhaps most astonishing is the ROI information that Furstenberg shared. Companies achieved a return on their investment in between 1.3 and 5.4 months and reportedly saved between $360,000 and $3,700,000.

The technology has been used by many companies, including NBC-TV in their “Where in the World is Matt Lauer” segment for the Today Show.

At the Satellite 2012 conference, going on this week in Washington, DC, NovelSat received the Teleport Technology of the Year award for NS3.

Edited by Jennifer Russell

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