SkyVision completes UNACOOPEC’s satellite private network installation for 97 branches


UNACOOPEC-CISkyVision Global Networks has announced the successful installation of a private satellite network solution for Côte d’Ivoire’s UNACOOPEC-CI (National Union of Savings and Credit Cooperatives) within has 97 branches.

UNACOOPEC is the largest financial institution in Côte d’Ivoire specializing in microfinance, banking, and insurance. As a highly dispersed organization, it requires a very secure and efficient communications network.

As part of the partnership, SkyVision installed a secured and managed satellite-based Private Network that connects all 97 UNACOOPEC-CI branches throughout Côte d’Ivoire. Many of these branches are located in rural areas lacking basic communications. The project consisted of network design, full HQ hub and teleport facilities installation, remote sites installation and commissioning, training and customer network management. Due to the network design of the new system, UNACOOPEC-CI can now connect its WAN sites, share information among branches and the head office, all by means of voice and data applications.

SkyVision’s connectivity solution employs a single VSAT-based network, providing UNACOOPEC-CI with high quality network performance and reliability. In addition, the advanced technology behind SkyVision’s solution offers significantly increased flexibility.

“SkyVision truly values UNACOOPEC-CI’s business, professionalism and commitment and is pleased to be able to meet their precise needs. UNACOOPEC now has a fully supported voice and data communications, throughout the country,” stated SkyVision CEO Mr Doron Ben Sira.

“As a widely-dispersed banking institution in Côte d’Ivoire, UNACOOPEC-CI required an experienced and reliable vendor that could seamlessly deploy and manage a satellite private network that would meet our specific needs”, said Mr. Savane Issaka, General Manager of UNACOOPEC-CI.

Founded over 30 years ago, UNACOOPEC – the largest MicroFinance and MicroInsurance institute in the Ivory Coast – is recognized as a leading provider of microfinance, banking and insurance services nationwide. The organization offers its customers complete banking services, even in the most remote areas via a private satellite communications network.  In addition it provides savings and loan services to populations that do not have access to conventional financial institutions. By virtue of the nature of its operations, the cooperative has offered small investors, SMEs and SMIs and various other actors in the Ivorian economic sector extensive financial services.