Internet in Africa Satellite services are in very high demand today as a reliable, efficient and technologically mature platform for any IP connectivity requirements.
BusinessCom deliveries Africa satellite Internet solutions utilizing the most up to date spacecraft equipped with the latest technologies. This ensures that we have the capacity to deliver what our clients need, where they need it and when they need it, and with an uptime approaching 99% we can boast one of the best and most reliable satellite services on the market today.
Satellite Internet services are still in great demand across Africa to deliver services and applications to the public and businesses but it is the mobile market that is seeing the greatest growth and demand. In order to reach out to the millions of potential new subscribers in Africa mobile operators needed a way to expand their coverage to remote outposts and to cost effectively reach new subscribers beyond the usual urban areas. The answer was IP-TDMA as supplied by BusinessCom. BusinessCom has been providing satellite Internet Africa solutions since 2004 and this technology has enabled mobile operators to deploy profitable networks in previously barren areas and generate new revenue streams.
The African mobile phone market has exploded. Previously Africa wasn’t even on the sales map for mobile phone entrepreneurs as poverty and a poor infrastructure made any decent installation unprofitable and unreliable. However, this has all changed with the investment in Africa growing and new communications networks being installed. At the last estimate for 2010 the number of mobile phone subscriber numbers amounted to half a billion. Africa is moving on and there are plans in store for cheap laptops and distance learning programs as the ICT revolution continues. Despite all this investment Africa is still catching up with the rest of the world and is probably a decade away from being fully connected by hard solutions. Therefore, satellite Internet access is still seen as an important path on the road to full connectivity throughout Africa. VSAT technology can be used when there is simply no hardwired solution available to rural areas because of distance or terrain issues. In fact many mobile operators are already using VSAT technology to connect to their base stations in remote locations.
As in other developing continents it is the political, economic, social and technological changes that are behind this drive towards fully converged communications networks delivering media rich applications to the whole nation via handhelds, laptops and mobiles.
Providing last mile single hop wireless connection and requiring only a clear view to the sky and electricity source to operate, VSAT in Africa is a natural fit given terrestrial Internet Africa backbones are expensive, unreliable, difficult to install and have high damage risks. BusinessCom has been providing satellite Internet Africa solutions since 2004 - from point-to-point circuits to private networks and hubs, on a variety of platforms including LinkStar, iDirect, SCPC, DVB and DVB-S2.
Key differentiators of BusinessCom VSAT Africa services are:
For TDMA based Africa satellite Internet services, BusinessCom employs a number of techniques to deliver a more efficient service. This includes support for 1.2 carrier spacing, pure IP-over-the-air, built in TCP and HTTP acceleration, automatic power control and BusinessCom® Sentinel based traffic engineering solutions.
BusinessCom FDMA based satellite Internet Africa services based on proprietary iDirect iSCPC Platform feature up to 18 Mbit/s accelerated capacity with more bandwidth available (up to a full transponder) through traditional SCPC and DVB-S2 based Comtech EF Data equipment. By employing high order modulation and advanced FEC we deliver the highest spectral efficiency possible allowing our end customers to achieve lower levels of operating expenditures for Internet in Africa.
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