Kenya is the biggest and most developed economy in east and central Africa. It lies on the equator and features very diverse terrain from hills and mountains to lakes and beaches. The country is home to around 48 million people and the majority of the population, around 75%, are employed in the agricultural sector. The other key sectors of the economy are tea and coffee and also tourism. Tourism in particular has seen a huge boost. Kenya is widely regarded as the home of modern safari and many tourists flock to its game reserves as well as its coastal beaches.
Kenya is a country that has long made the link between the Internet access and economic growth. The government recognises that the future of its economy is digital. The rapid expansion of its service sector is a direct result of the rapid expansion of its telecom sector. Increased competition has helped to fuel this growth. There are currently around 39.8 million mobile subscribers across Kenya. Kenya now boasts 90% Internet penetration. The government initiated a free Wi-Fi initiative and this has been a key part of the success it has had in reaching remote areas of the country. Mobile Network Operators are also introducing attractive services such as mobile money, which is a fast growing sector in Kenya.
Opportunities for VSAT Solutions
Though 90% of Kenyans have access to Internet services, there is still 10% that remain unconnected, and these people can be easily reached through the deployment of VSAT networks. BusinessCom Networks are experts in the creation of VSAT networks to enable Internet access or for mobile backhaul use, enabling communities to benefit from the Internet on their phones or using computers. BusinessCom provides a very cost-effective solution that requires no infrastructure at all – just access to power and a clear line of sight to the satellite. BusinessCom has vast experience of working in countries across Africa and local experts can help with installation. We offer Service Level Agreements and full support so that users can enjoy a high quality of service for Internet access and also services such as VoIP. In addition, using our Sentinel tool, means that users can get the very best out of their network through bandwidth optimisation.
Similarly, for mobile backhaul use, VSAT networks are flexible and cost-effective. MNOs that wish to expand into more remote areas can do so quickly and easily, with a solution that will grow as they do. By backhauling traffic via a VSAT network, you eliminate the requirement for expensive cell towers. The BusinessCom rural mobile network solution costs just 10% of traditional installations, works as a traditional GSM network and is completely independent from local infrastructure.
Since its establishment, BusinessCom Networks has been committed to reaching those affected by the Digital Divide. Though Kenya has a well developed telecom sector with high penetration, there still remains a great deal of people that are as yet, unconnected. BusinessCom is here to help to ensure that they can access connectivity no matter where they live and work.
Key differentiators of BusinessCom VSAT services in Kenya 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