SatADSL, Avanti in deal to offer cost-effective broadband connectivity in Africa

Commercial Ka-band broadband services in Sub-Saharan Africa have been launched by SatADSL, bringing cost-effective coverage to communities and businesses.

Utilizing Avanti’s High Throughput Satellite (HTS) HYLAS 4, the new offering will provide consumer and corporate business connectivity which Internet Service Providers (ISPs) will be able to easily offer to consumers via SatADSL’s Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) solution, the Cloud-based Service Delivery Platform (C-SDP). This includes VNO Flex and voucher-based services which are not currently available via other Ka-band offerings in the region.

“Providing fast, reliable and affordable connectivity is at the heart of what we do, and our latest solution empowers ISPs in Africa to cost-effectively provide satellite broadband to entire communities,” said Caroline De Vos, Chief Operations Officer and co-Founder of SatADSL. “This is made possible by our innovative C-SDP which mitigates the high investment costs traditionally associated with deploying satellite services.”

Through the Ka-Band offering, SatADSL intends to significantly improve the penetration of high capacity Internet in the region, offering connectivity in regions barely covered by mobile operators and where fiber access remains unavailable. The new services are expected to be fully up and running by the end of this year.

SatADSL’s C-SDP provides a complete OSS/BSS, carrier-grade, fully redundant platform to deliver satellite services via the cloud, eliminating the expense of deploying physical infrastructure. It lets satellite and teleport operators easily offer any service, including pre-paid, post-paid, volume-based, customer VNOs, contention-based, multicasting, and more, independently of the communications technology used.

Kyle Whitehill, CEO of Avanti, said: “We’re delighted to extend our partnership with SatADSL and support the delivery of affordable broadband across Africa. Our new satellite HYLAS 4 completes our coverage of Sub-Saharan Africa and with our reliable high-speed connectivity, we look forward to building on this partnership to help liberate the potential of people and businesses, wherever they are on the continent.”

The new services leverage the Newtec Dialog multiservice platform and Newtec’s MDM2210 IP Satellite Modems, which feature an embedded Wi-Fi-router. This modem delivers throughputs of more than 100 Mbit/s and enables end-users to easily add numerous devices to the same satellite subscription.

SatADSL is a satellite Service Provider which designs and offers innovative satellite networking solutions to banks, microfinances, broadcasters, NGOs, Governments, ISPs, telecom operators and other companies in Africa and the Middle East in remote areas or where terrestrial infrastructure is not reliable.

Founded in 2011, SatADSL has already installed more than 3,000 VSAT networks in more than 45 countries. It specializes in providing tailor-made solutions based on customers’ specific requirements and flexible service plans that meet its clients’ budgets.

Through its carrier-grade Service Delivery Platform (SDP), which integrates the most advanced technologies, SatADSL provides custom-made networking solutions, tailor-made service plans and value-added services, including hierarchical service control and monitoring, traffic prioritization and online billing and payments, for any frequency band and any access technology.

Through the HYLAS satellite fleet and partners in 118 countries, the Avanti network provides ubiquitous internet service to an end market of over 1.7 billion people. Avanti works together with people and organisations to go the extra mile, developing new, innovative and pioneering satellite solutions that help to liberate the potential of people, businesses and government departments across Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). The firm has so far invested $1.2 billion in the latest Ka-band satellite technology in order to meet customers’ aspirations.

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