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Talia And Newtec Power GSM And Mobile Payments Network For Somalia

New Satellite Communications Backbone Infrastructure for Somalia 3G Operator

MOGADISHU, Somalia and SINT-NIKLAAS, Belgium, 12 March 2013 Talia and Newtec are pleased to announce the provision of a new satellite communications backbone infrastructure for AGSM.MOBI, a Mobile operator in Somalia. Based on Newtec's FlexACM® technology, the network will enable reliable mobile voice, data, and payment services throughout Somalia.

Somalia is a country in the midst of rapid economic and social change. With a population of more than 10 million, mobile connections have risen dramatically in the past two years to exceed 3 million connections and are expected to reach more than 5 million by 2015.

"The communications infrastructure for mobile calling, payments, and data services have to be rock-solid," said Abdullahi Abdi Hussein, President and CEO, ASGSM.MOBI. "Talia have extensive experience in providing such services, and with Newtec technology, we are getting a reliable, cost-effective service based on industry-leading technology."

The AGSM.MOBI network will be hosted at the Talia Teleport and other places, and Talia will provide connectivity as a managed service, interconnecting with co-located ASGSM.MOBI equipment. The satellite network will run over a fully-redundant Newtec hub.

"The current absence of a national telecommunications infrastructure in Somalia, along with the ever-growing need for voice and mobile data, make satellite communications a natural fit," said Alan Afrasiab, President and CEO of Talia. "And Newtec FlexACM technology was the natural fit for the technology - fast, efficient and offering the best mix of reliability and cost possible."

FlexACM is an end-to-end solution combining a range of technologies to optimize IP trunking and IP backbone satellite links in the most efficient way. FlexACM can double data rates in the same bandwidth without the need to acquire extra satellite capacity.

Serge Van Herck, CEO of Newtec, said: "We are very excited to be working with Talia and integrating FlexACM to optimize the satellite link and ensure that it is robust even in conditions of dust and rain fade - which can be a challenge in the sub-Saharan and tropical regions in Somalia. The auto-adaptive technology incorporated inside Newtec's FlexACM takes care of any fading condition, interference (noise and distortion) or variation in the satellite link. This avoids link and data losses to provide optimal service availability."

For further information about Talia's services visit www.talia.net and for Newtec's IP Trunking and Backbone solutions go to newproducts.newtec.eu/new-products/application/ip-trunking-and-backbone.

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Your Contacts
Newtec
Kerstin Roost
Public Relations Director
Tel: +49 30 430 95 562
E-mail: Kerstin.Roost@newtec.eu

Talia
Tel: +44 20 3318 1500 or
+971 55 328 5357
E-mail: sales@talia.net

ASGSM.MOBI
- innovative and value added services,
- international free roaming services (SALAMGSM)
- integrated virtual mobile wallet services (GOCASH)
E-mail: as@asgsm.mobi

Further Information

Application Page: IP Trunking and Backbone
http://newproducts.newtec.eu/new-products/application/ip-trunking-and-backbone
Satellite IP Trunking networks provide customers in terrestrially underserved locations with access to the Internet or any other type of network from a remote access point to the backbone. Flexible business models, delivering the best SLAs and offering trunking services at competitive prices are possible in whatever scenario the service provider faces by implementing new technical solutions.

FlexACM® Technology Overview: Be Efficient End-to-End
http://www.newtec.eu/technologies/flexacm/
FlexACM is the unique and market proven end-to-end solution combining a range of technologies to optimize IP Trunking and IP Backbone satellite links in the most efficient way.

Meet Talia and Newtec at CABSAT 2013
Talia - Booth D1-20
To arrange a meeting with the Talia Sales Team at CABSAT, and claim your entry pass to the event, or for more information on Talia's broadcasting and media solutions please email sales@talia.net or call us directly on +44 20 3318 1500 or +971 55 328 5357.

Newtec - Booth C1-21
To join the Newtec team by directly booking a meeting at CABSAT, to discover our new products and to get the latest speaking slots overview for CABSAT, visit: www.newtec.eu/cabsat2013/

About Newtec
Newtec (www.newtec.eu) is a global industry leader, shaping the future of satellite communications. Offering state-of-the-art products and scalable, integrated solutions for broadcast, broadband access and backbone and trunking applications, Newtec helps customers achieve greater efficiency, increase performance and expand market reach.

With its passionate commitment to R&D and its strong relationship with the European Space Agency (ESA), Newtec remains in the forefront of technological development, continuing the pioneering contributions that have led to industry standards including DVB, DVB-S2, DVB RCS and iSatTV Cenelec pr EN50478.

Newtec's worldwide customer base includes the industry's most prestigious broadcasters, satellite operators, telcos, systems houses and broadcasting unions. Established in 1985 and headquartered in Belgium, Newtec has regional offices as well as additional R&D centres located in Stamford, Conn. (U.S.), Singapore (Singapore), Beijing (China), Dubai (UAE), São Paulo (Brazil), Berlin (Germany) and France.

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About Talia
Talia (www.talia.net) is a top-tier provider of data communications and voice services, recognized as a market-leading network provider in the Middle East, Africa, and Europe. Talia provide global network coverage, and enable businesses, enterprises, NGOs, and government customers, through the Talia Teleport and Datacenter, linking remote locations with all the major regional telecom hubs around the world.

Headquartered in UK, Talia operate their own teleport and datacenter facility in Germany, and have support and sales offices in U.A.E., Nigeria and Iraq. Regardless of location, Talia is committed to excellent customer service and top-grade solutions.

About ASGSM.MOBI
ASGSM.MOBI Ltd. (www.asgsm.mobi) is a mobile operator in Somalia. It provides value added services to existing services in the country which includes free international roaming and an integrated, free and reliable virtual mobile wallet service for Somalis living in and out of the country. ASGSM.MOBI holds a GSM and 3G license for Somalia and has been operating in the country since 2009.

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