Liquid Telecom provides VSAT connectivity to new ISP in Malawi

03 July 2020

Pan-African telecom group Liquid Teleco is providing its managed VSAT connectivity services to mbora, a new social enterprise in Malawi.

The operator  provides people living and working in rural areas with free connectivity at a community hub. It has also built a super app to help increase digital inclusion by providing access to useful and relevant information and services online including finance and healthcare. Content and service organisations are able to use the app as a marketplace to reach important food-producing farming and fishing communities in rural sub-Saharan Africa.

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SatADSL and YahClick partner to enrich satellite comms in Africa

24 June 2020

SatADSL, the Brussels-based satellite service provider, has partnered with UAE counterpart YahClick to enhance its connectivity offering across sub-Saharan Africa.

Under the terms of the deal, SatADSL acts as a virtual network operator (VNO) partner to YahClick, which is owned by Yahsat and its partner Hughes Network Systems.
This means SatADSL is able to combine the capacity purchased from YahClick with its cloud-based service delivery platform (C-SDP) to deliver a full range of flexible satellite services across Africa.

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Intelsat and AMN team up to connect thousands of remote areas

22 June 2020

Satellite service provider Intelsat has joined forces with Africa Mobile Networks (AMN), a consortium that develops mobile network base stations in sub-Saharan Africa’s rural areas, to connect a thousand remote localities in the region.

The deal for this project was signed in October 2018 and by the end of 2019, the two partners had succeeded in connecting more than
500 localities. Access to the mobile network was facilitated by AMN’s solar-powered mobile connectivity solution and Intelsat’s satellites positioned on the continent, providing mobile broadband connectivity.

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Spacecom & ST Engineering iDirect demonstrate VSAT return

18 June 2020

Spacecom and ST Engineering iDirect have demonstrated VSAT return capabilities on the AMOS-17 satellite, according to the partner companies.

They said the demonstration resulted in an “exceptionally” wide return link for a small VSAT of 40 Mbps using the iDirect iQ 200 modem’s Adaptive TDMA return over AMOS-17’s high power C-band HTS beams.

Conducted from the UK based SMS Teleport, the modem and antenna were installed in a com- munications truck located between Johannesburg and Pretoria, South Africa. The return data rate enabled simultaneous transmission of multiple high data streams from South Africa to Europe with a small antenna, resulting in the low-pow- er communications-on-the-pause (COTP) solution. Both firms said this opens up operational and business opportunities such as emergency deployments, govern- ment applications, coverage of events and backhaul services.

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