Intelligent CIO Africa Issue 21 - Page 9

NEWS Afrique Telecom commended for its Internet connectivity solutions B ased on its recent analysis of the Sub-Saharan African (SSA) communications services market, Frost & Sullivan has recognised Afrique Telecom with the 2018 Sub-Saharan African Enabling Technology Award. The company’s broadband connectivity solutions SpaceDSL and TAMTAM help deliver cost-effective, high-bandwidth Internet access to areas facing last-mile connectivity issues. in dividuals can deploy quickly. SpaceDSL allows users to choose the connectivity timeframe, ranging from 30 to 90 days, as well as the connectivity speed and data volume. Meanwhile, the TAMTAM solution helps create a more connected ecosystem in SSA by combining satellite and Wi-Fi to create Internet hotspots. Each TAMTAM system can extend connectivity up to a few 100 metres radius around the hotspot and up to six kilometres by using additional repeaters or long-distance customer-premises equipment. “Afrique Telecom’s SpaceDSL and TAMTAM stand out from other communications service providers’ solutions as they give customers the flexibility to choose consumption variables like data volume, time, and speed,” said Fadzai Deda, Best Practices Research Analyst at Frost & Sullivan. “In addition to these two solutions, Afrique Telecom is preparing to commercialise its new solution, Broadband Africa, which will deliver a best-in-class customer experience to consumers all over the continent.” Afrique Telecom’s SpaceDSL largely addresses the issue of the lacking fixed-line infrastructure in SSA. SpaceDSL is a kit consisting of a small 35-kilogram satellite dish and a modem that businesses or ///////////////// Avanti announces official launch of South African based operations Building on the success of its previous high throughput satellites (HTS), Avanti launched its third satellite, HYLAS 4 in April. HYLAS 4 will operate with 64 fixed and four steerable beams from five Gateway Earth Stations to significantly extend Avanti’s coverage to West and Central Africa for the first time. A vanti Communications Group, a leading satellite operator, providing Ka-Band satellite data communications services across the UK, Europe, the Middle East and Africa, has announced the official launch of its South Africa-based operations. The announcement is underpinned by Avanti’s continued commitment to investing This development will provide affordable high-speed satellite broadband to connect homes, SMEs, schools, enterprises and mobile operators across Sub-Saharan Africa, especially in rural and remote locations where terrestrial networks are limited. in Africa through a direct local presence backed by in-country solutions to enable and facilitate connectivity through key partnerships both in South Africa and throughout the region. “Through our reliable high-speed connectivity, we bring the digital era to people,” said Christian Georgeson, Chief Marketing Officer at Avanti Communications. To date, Avanti has invested more than US$897 million in Sub-Saharan Africa, with US$143 million in South Africa alone. “We believe everyone has the right to become a digital citizen, especially those in the remotest areas across Africa.” INTELLIGENTCIO 9