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Cable Technology Feature Article

October 25, 2010

Prominent US Cable Operator Deploys ATCi's Simulsat-5B Easy Retrofit System

By Anshu Shrivastava, TMCnet Contributor

Provider of commercial satellite communications services Antenna Technology Communications (ATCi) announced that a major U.S. cable operator has adopted the Simulsat-5B easy retrofit System for its headends.

“A large and prominent cable operator will be utilizing the Simulsat-5b system at its headquarters,” said Gary Hatch, CEO at ATCi (News - Alert), in a press release.

A new entry in the Simulsat line of multibeam satellite-receiving antenna systems,

Simulsat-5B has been designed to economically improve upon the longstanding worldwide workhorse of multibeam antennas, the original Simulsat-5. 

Company officials said that Simulsat-5B was designed from the ground up using the latest computer simulation and solid modeling technologies and the tool surface accuracy is laser-verified to be within +/-0.005 RMS. 

Additionally, the production of this system comes with the latest advances in fiberglass resin and balsa core materials. Moreover, it uses vacuum infusion molding technology to result in a true reproduction of the legacy antenna design, according to company officials.

Hatch said that in today's changing digital satellite environment, Simulsat-5B retrofit system represents a significant step forward in multibeam satellite technology that provides the new margin satellite users need to keep their services up and on line.

“With the advent of MPEG-4 and DVBS2 modulation, upgrading our older Simulsat customers' systems to the latest design is critical for them to maintain the highest quality digital reception,” said Hatch in a statement. Hatch commented that the update is quick and cost-effective in that the customers keep their original mount and simply update with a new reflector and feedbox during their standard maintenance window. 

Earlier this year in September, ATCi introduced its new subsidiary, MeshTV, a multi-screen media provider for television, broadcast, CATV, Internet, and live mobile video.

Anshu Shrivastava is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Anshu’s articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Jaclyn Allard