Togo is one of the smallest countries on the African continent. With a population of 7.6 million, the country is located in West Africa and is bordered by Ghana, Benin, Burkina Faso and extends into the Gulf of Guinea. Though small, Togo has a stable economy that is based largely on agriculture and its main export crops are jasmine rice, millet, corn and cassava. Mining is also an important source of income for Togo and the country has large reserves of phosphates which contribute considerably to GDP.
Opportunities in Telecommunications
The connectivity situation in Togo requires improvement. At present, 11.3% of the population are Internet users. The Internet is largely accessed through mobile phones. In an effort to lower the relatively high pricing for mobile access in Togo, the government granted entrance to an additional Mobile Network Operator in 2014, bringing the total operators in the country to three. It is hoped that new competition will drive down pricing and increase mobile phone penetration which stood at 54% in 2014.
In order to increase the reach of MNOs in Togo, and therefore increase the rural population’s access to Internet on their mobile phones, there must be augmentation of existing cellular networks. This is a challenge for MNOs who are faced with dispersed pockets of population in hard-to-reach areas, where ARPU does not justify the cost of construction of many cell towers across the country. Therefore, a satellite-based cellular backhaul solution can provide the perfect and cost-effective solution to enable MNOs to gain rural subscribers with no need to construct expensive cell towers.
BusinessCom Services in Togo
BusinessCom Networks’ rural mobile network solution offers a fully managed service that augments existing networks and offers a fast Return on Investment. At just 10% of the cost of traditional installations, the service offers access from 2G all the way to 4G LTE networks and is fully managed and maintained by BusinessCom Networks. The scalable nature of the solution means that it can grow as required and its easy installation is fast, meaning that MNOs can be agile in how they develop their networks.
The transformation that mobile network access can have on rural communities in Togo is significant. The Internet is inextricably linked to socio-economic development. From m-Banking to healthcare advice and services, access to local government, educational tools – the Internet can offer it all.
For businesses operating in Togo, no matter how remote they may be, BusinessCom offers VSAT networks that provide highly reliable services for mission critical traffic. Corporate networks are crucial to the success of enterprises in today’s world and they enable companies to look after employees better, to become highly efficient in the daily operations, to enforce health and safety regulations and are suitable for all market sectors that require a guaranteed high standard of service.
Satellite has a greater role to play in Togo, through delivery of voice and data services via mobile networks and also for the enhancement of corporate networks, enabling business to continue over IP no matter where in the country they are located. Satellite-based solutions from BusinessCom Networks eliminate any distance and make access easy and reliable.
Key differentiators of BusinessCom VSAT services in Togo 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