The Seychelles is an archipelago comprising 115 islands that is located in the Indian Ocean, 1,500km eat of the African mainland. With the smallest population of any sovereign African country, the islands are home to just over 97,000 people. After declaring independence from the UK, the Seychelles set about a process of economic diversification. The country had previously been very plantation-based and produced a variety of crops including copra, cinammon and vanilla. Although the economy of the Seychelles still comprises some plantation agriculture, the government has been careful to diversify its economy placing tourism at front and centre. Today, tourism accounts for 30% of the labour force across the islands. Tourism has been responsible for a 7-fold rise of per capita output with the biodiversity of the islands with spectacles such as giant tortoises and the rare Seychelles Black parrot and stunning scenery, climate and luxurious resorts attracting tourists from all over the world.
For the tourist industry on the islands, connectivity is absolutely essential. Running a business today is underpinned by broadband networks, but for tourists especially, access to fixed and mobile connectivity is more critical than ever. Tourists today want to be connected throughout their holiday and have very high expectations in terms of connectivity speeds. They want to be able to surf the Internet, to access social networks and perhaps even their office emails. They may even want to stream video.
The government of the Seychelles realises the importance of ICTs to the islands and has worked to try to connect the archipelago to promote sustainable growth and digital inclusivity. As a result, over 57% of the islands are connected and have Internet access with a large proportion of this via smartphones using mobile data services. The islands have also recently gained access to a submarine cable which has helped with access too. However, there are still parts of the islands that are not connected, and islands are very challenging to provide Internet access to.
VSAT Solutions on Seychelles
In order to help enable connectivity across the entire Seychelles, BusinessCom Networks can provide extensive broadband connectivity via VSAT which can enable hoteliers and resorts to more effectively run their businesses and also provide a the high standard of connectivity that is expected from their guests. With bandwidth monitoring solutions, users can also ensure that they are consistently making the most of the connectivity that is available to them. VSAT is also very quick to install with no need for any terrestrial infrastructure. This provides a perfect solution for groups of islands that are hard to reach for Mobile Network Operators or telcos. Mobile data networks can also be easily augmented using celluar backhaul solutions via VSAT.
ICTs are very important to the Seychelles. The government sees them as central to sustainable growth and greater diversification. Broadband networks are integral to this and encourage entrepreneurship, skills development and also access to tools such as mobile money that can drive wealth and prosperity, even in remote communities.
BusinessCom’s experience and local knowledge will help to tailor solutions and provide users across the Seychelles with affordable, reliable and failsafe high-speed networks that meet all of their requirements.
Key differentiators of BusinessCom VSAT services on Seychelles 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