An Australian company developing satellite-based broadband services across Asia, the Middle East and North Africa claims to be at least six months ahead of its business plan and expects a another significant surge in demand following confirmation of a new partnership this week.

Adrian Ballintine, CEO of Multiemedia says that the company passed a major milestone this week in securing business with the Sudanese national telco, SudaTel, and anticipates “extensive activity in the Middle East and North Africa over the next twelve months.”

The new deal, which will see Multiemedia subsidiary NewSat provide two-way satellite broadband and VoIP services for United Nations relief teams in Sudan, follows other recent entries into Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Eritrea and Libya.

Having launched its V-SAT offerings using the New Skies Satellites NSS-6 bird in May 2003, NewSat is now providing services in 15 countries, a spread putting it "at least six months ahead of schedule", Ballintine said.

“The market has moved really quickly and we have been able to utilise our experience in Australia to provide quality services at fast pace” he said, adding that the company has opened a new Dubai office and is competing for several other major contracts in the region.

The NewSat service is managed out of a shared teleport in the eastern Australian city of Newcastle.

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