Sierra Leone, still recovering from the civil war ended a decade ago, is another of western African countries which will continue to rely on satellite internet connectivity in the years to come. Despite the new fiber optic cable connections, satellite technology still provides the most reliable means of communication across most of the country’s territory.
Satellite internet access in Sierra Leone
BusinessCom delivers superior satellite internet solutions utilizing the latest innovations in the market. With us you will receive the capacity you need, wherever and whenever you need it in Sierra Leone.
BusinessCom Networks has one of the largest portfolios available from a single service provider, able to deliver Ku, C-band, iDirect, SCPC as well as customized solutions on multiple satellite beams permitting us to support a myriad of communications services.
For specialized, business uses, we designed Sentinel Bandwidth Management & Optimization Service – providing remote management and control so that clients can focus on their business, while we keep the links running, optimized and secured.
It’s by far the best solution, enabling companies to cut staffing costs – with less people needed to manage the connection – while boosting security, reliability and quality of the service by allocating bandwidth where it’s needed most.
On a path to recovery
Both business and casual users in Sierra Leone are still in need of reliable and fast communications solutions to enable the whole country to develop. With new fiber optic cables landing in the country the situation is slowly improving, but only in limited locations, while vast areas further from Freetown will remain disconnected.
This is a great challenge for the core industry of the country – mining – which is responsible for the major part of Sierra Leone’s GDP. Abundant in resources – especially diamonds – Sierra Leone depends heavily on the mining companies to contribute to its growth.
BusinessCom specializes in providing managed satellite services to mining corporations as well – enabling them to maintain stable and fast connectivity in the remote areas where their mines are located. It will take at least a few years more when a hard, cable connectivity will be possible deep in the country – until then satellite technology is the only viable option.
However, having relied so much on mining as the key growth driver, Sierra Leone has so far neglected other important industries – especially in the services domain. That means there is a huge deficit in population’s access to services in areas outside Freetown, while still only 1% of the inhabitants have access to the internet on a regular basis.
Being a peaceful country today, ranking high among the most tolerant nations, with Muslims and Christians living at peace, Sierra Leone is also in a good position to continue developing tourism. Safe, having some of the best beaches in the world and lush green jungles this west African country is set to grow in popularity as an interesting tourist destination – and this will certainly boost the need for communications in different locations scattered across the country.
Therefore, satellite Internet access is still seen as an important path on the road to full connectivity throughout Sierra Leone. VSAT technology can be used when there is simply no hardwired solution available to rural areas because of distance or terrain And as in other developing countries 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.
Key differentiators of BusinessCom VSAT services in Sierra Leone are:
- Broadband Internet access
- Toll quality VoIP and Videoconferencing with CIR
- Reliable SLA through FDMA and D-TDMA
- Star, Mesh and hybrid Star/Mesh topology networks
- Full support of accelerated VPN, CITRIX, ERM and other business applications
- Highly secure operation with optional AES embedded encryption
- Global C-Band coverage and sub-Sahara Ku-Band
- Landing at top tier redundant IP facilities in Western Europe and United States
- Sentinel-based QoS, bandwidth management and optimization platform