Spacecom teams up with Gilat for satellite service development

04 September 2020

Spacecom, operator of the AMOS satellites fleet, has partnered with Gilat Telecom to develop a faster, more reliable and more cost-effective satellite service for organisations of all sizes across Africa.

The service uses Spacecom’s AMOS-17 fully digital and advanced High Throughput Satellite (HTS), on both C and Ku band and Gilat Telecom’s unique SD-WAN MAX technology.

It is available immediately and can be used for home and office connectivity including video conferences, e-health applications, e-learning, e-education amongst other things.

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Paratus invests in satellite tech for enhanced internet access

04 September 2020

Paratus South Africa, part of pan-African telecom service provider, Paratus Africa, is investing in the country’s satellite market to offer quality connections to the region and the rest of Africa. 

Satellite technology provides internet service providers (ISPs) and businesses flexible, universal, reliable and cost-effective technology to address a wide range of communication needs.

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Niger fights virus using satcom technology

18 August 2020

The Niger government’s response to the coronavirus is being supported with satellite capacity and equipment after a recent agreement with Avanti Communications.

Through the HYLAS satellite fleet and partners in 118 coun- tries, Avanti provides dedicated fixed and flexible-beam satellite connectivity, with extensive cover- age across Europe, the Middle East andAfrica. Avantiisworkingwith the HYLAS 4 satellite, launched in April 2018. Using Ka-band technology, it has 64 fixed beams serving Africa and Europe, as well as four independent steerable beams able to be steered anywhere visible on the Earth’s disk from 33.5 ̊W.

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Spacecom & ST Engineering iDirect demonstrate VSAT return

07 August 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 result- ed 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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