Hiltron Communications announces completion of custom-designed turnkey TVRO satellite platform for Nilesat.


Hiltron: HMAM motorised antenna at Nilesat ground station in Giza

Satellite system integrator, manufacturer and distributor Hiltron Communications has announced the completion of a custom-designed turnkey TVRO satellite platform for Nilesat, one of the largest Middle East telcos. The new installation is a fully L-band-over-fibre integrated downlink which covers all mediator satellites in the range from 30° west to 100° east, operating in C and Ku bands simultaneously.

Osama Tantawy, head of ground segment engineer for Nilesat, said: “Located at our ground station in Giza, the new downlink gives us the reliability and flexibility we needed for backing up our existing fixed TVRO antennas. Incoming signals from all antennas on the new platform, 32 feeds in total, are connected to the master control room via fibre-optic links. Hiltron has produced and integrated a complete solution including its HMCS monitoring and control software. The company worked closely with us from initial design right through to factory acceptance test, onsite installation, commissioning and training. The project was completed successfully and on time thanks to the experience and teamwork of everyone involved.”

Antonio Monteverde, managing director, Hiltron, added: “We are very pleased to have been chosen to work with Nilesat on this project. The infrastructure we have provided includes a 3.7m motorised antenna with a Hiltron HMAM motorised mount and Hiltron HACU antenna control unit, RF-over-fibre links from RF Design, plus an LNB power supply and L band switch from ETL.”

Hiltron’s HMCS monitoring and control application is designed to control all relevant satellite equipment in a master control room. It allows operators to control equipment from multiple vendors within a unified graphic display. HMCS also provides an SNMP interface to a high-level system. Advanced alarm message handling is included plus the ability to select stored profiles, transponders and slots from a database.

Hiltron’s HMAM is a motorised satellite antenna mount designed for two-way satellite communication or receive-only downlink applications. It can be used in a wide range of roles including broadcast and telecommunication downlinks. An optional motorised feed changer allows the head to be moved quickly to a new position for switching between frequency bands. HMAM comes complete with professional-grade drives for azimuth and elevation plus a high-precision polarisation drive. The combined head and drive form a three-axis motorised mount with more than 270° of azimuth adjustment, 90° of elevation adjustment range and fully adjustable polarisation.