Eutelsat Brings Broadband to Africa
Eutelsat recently launched IP services for Africa from its W3C satellite at 16° East, which was launched last year.
The European satellite operator says the new offering will address high demand for broadband connectivity from Senegal to Madagascar, largely driven by demand from small businesses.
The service is powered by a Newtec hub housed at Eutelsat’s teleport in Sardinia (Italy). It is a two-way satellite broadband system delivering IP-based services for internet service providers wanting to offer competitive data and voice services where there is limited infrastructure on the ground. The hub can be easily expanded to carry high speed IP trunking services.
Eutelsat’s service will also provide capacity for broadcasting and telecom/data services. High-power footprints covering Central Europe and Indian Ocean islands will support digital video broadcasting markets while its coverage of Africa - from Senegal to South Africa - will serve data and telecom markets.
Despite the increasing roll-out of broadband terrestrial services like DSL, a significant number of users in Africa are deprived of fast broadband access. Bridging this digital divide is high on the agenda for decision makers because broadband penetration has a great economic impact on a country. The service cannot be limited to cities. As a consequence Internet Service Providers (ISPs) are being given 100 per cent service obligations for covering the whole territory of a country or region.
Running these services in an economically viable way is a major challenge. End users want to have the best - lowest cost and greatest Quality of Service (QoS) - broadband access service available. Satellite solution offerings, such as this one from Eutelsat for broadband consumers and small businesses in North Africa are beginning to make a real impact in Africa. Newtec technology is really enabling this by ensuring that a good level of service is available but at affordable prices for the ISP and as a result the end-user too.