Eritrea is located in the Horn of Africa. Bordered by Sudan, Ethiopia and Djibouti, the country is split in two, with fertile lands located towards the west and desert in the east. The Eritrean economy is experiencing growth. This is largely down to the operation of a high-grade, open pit mine located in Bisha which generates revenue from both copper and zinc concentrates containing gold and silver by-products and also the production of cement in Massawa. Eritrea is also rich in natural resources such as copper, gold, silver, granite, marble and potash. Though mining is an important part of the economy for Eritrea, 80% of the workforce is employed in agriculture.
Significant Gaps in Internet Access
In terms of its telecommunications infrastructure, Eritrea faces challenges and is in need of development. Of the almost 5.5 million-strong population, there are 71,000 Internet users (around less than 2% of the population) and, though 3G networks are being rolled out across the country, this is a long process that will take time. The government has started a programme that aims to extend 3G services to remote areas, using solar power to support the country’s electrical infrastructure. However, foreign investment will be an important means to aid the development of the telecoms infrastructure in the country.
The need for the development of the telecoms infrastructure in Eritrea means that this remains a relatively untapped market, and there is huge potential to open the door to connectivity to the vast majority of the population. With so little terrestrial infrastructure in place, satellite can play a critical role in connecting the country in a quick and cost-effective manner. As we know, mining is an important part of the Eritrean economy and the productivity of this industry can be further enhanced through the use of satellite connectivity. BusinessCom Networks designs, installs, commissions and helps to operate VSAT networks that are specific to the mining industry. We can help to streamline operations, improve health and safety, overall monitoring, crew welfare and much more.
Satellite Solutions for Eritrea
BusinessCom Networks also have vast experience in the deployment of VSAT networks that can extend mobile networks out to rural and remote areas, without the requirement to build expensive cell towers in areas that are both hard to reach. These areas are extremely attractive to Mobile Network Operators who can reap the benefits of moving into untapped regions, of which there are many in Eritrea. Most importantly, BusinessCom networks can help to introduce the plethora of benefits that connectivity brings such as Internet access and also voice and data communications. The prospects for socio-economic development as a result of VSAT networks are phenomenal.
BusinessCom Networks has a long history of delivering the most innovative and advanced satellite network solutions to Africa for a wide range of customers. Our focus on lowering barriers to entry is what makes us unique. Whatever the need, whatever the budget, BusinessCom Networks is committed to making connectivity easier in Eritrea.
Key differentiators of BusinessCom VSAT services in Eritrea 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