ARABSAT marks 30th anniversary of partner Newtec with special networking dinner

April 23 2015

ARABSAT marks 30th anniversary of partner Newtec with special networking dinner

ARABSAT marks 30th anniversary of partner Newtec with special networking dinner ARABSAT, a leading satellite operator and services provider, has taken part in a networking dinner organized to celebrate the 30th anniversary of its partner Newtec, a specialist in satellite communications system design and integration.


Held at the residence of the Ambassador of Belgium, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, the event was attended by a number of diplomatic, business and industry delegates from Belgium and Saudi Arabia. It was organized to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Newtec, which has been a partner of ARABSAT for around ten years.


Newtec’s CEO Serge Van Herck and COO Sander Boom were among guests, along with the company’s CTO and co-founder Dirk Breynaert, who was inducted into the Society of Satellite Professional International (SSPI) 2015 Hall of Fame earlier this year.


Khalid Balkheyour, President and CEO of Arabsat, said: “Arabsat is pleased to take part in this event as Newtec is one of our most valuable strategic partners. Our collaboration began ten years ago with MENOS’s project with the Arab States Broadcasting Union (ASBU) and since then Newtec’s knowledge and experience have been adding value to ARABSAT services. We wish them the very best of success for many years to come.”


The networking dinner is the latest event to celebrate Newtec’s anniversary which coincides with the company achieving 20 percent growth and revealing new market ambitions, including High Throughput Satellite (HTS), oil and gas and cellular backhaul.


Serge Van Herck added: “The Middle East market, in general, and more specifically the Saudi Kingdom, is a large potential growth market for Newtec and we enjoy the relationships we have here. We are honoured to celebrate our anniversary at the Belgian Embassy with partners which are instrumental to our success.”




Founded in 1976, Arabsat has been serving the growing needs of the Arab world for over 30 years. Now one of the world’s top satellite operators and by far the leading satellite services provider in the Arab world, it carries over 500 TV channels, 160 radio stations, pay-TV networks and wide variety of HD channels reaching tens of millions of homes in more than 80 countries across the Middle East, Africa and Europe—including an audience of over 170 million viewers in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region alone tuned into Arabsat’s video “hotspot” at 26° E.
Operating a growing fleet of owned satellites at the 20° E, 26° E, 30.5° E and 34.5° E, ARABSAT is the only satellite operator in the MENA region offering the full spectrum of Broadcast, Telecommunications and Broadband services. This capacity will continue to expand with the launching of new satellites, making ARABSAT satellites’ fleet the youngest in the region.

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About Newtec

Newtec,, is specialized in designing, developing and manufacturing equipment and technologies for satellite communications. As a pioneer in the industry, Newtec is dedicated to creating new possibilities for the broadcast, IP trunking and backhauling, consumer and enterprise VSAT and government and defense markets. Our products and technologies can be applied in a wide range of applications from DTH broadcasting, video contribution and distribution and disaster recovery and backbones for backhauling, to small and medium enterprises, SCADA networks, manned and unmanned aircrafts, border control and Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR).

For over 30 years, our dedicated team of specialists has set industry standards with the most efficient, scalable and economical technology solutions. New challenges and customer needs offer opportunities to explore new boundaries. This empowers us to work even harder, helping customers to perform their best so that, together, we can make the world a safer, more informed and connected place. As a result, more than 3 billion people watch TV every day thanks to Newtec technology.

Newtec is a European company founded in 1985. Through commercial offices in Sint-Niklaas (Belgium), Dubai (UAE), Singapore, Beijing (China), Sao Paulo (Brazil) and Stamford, CT (USA) as well as an extensive network of over 100 certified partners, Newtec can meet customer’s needs worldwide.