INTERNET ACCESS BY SATELLITE: FROM NAMIBIA TELECOM AS AN EXAMPLE

Namibia Telecom recently invested in improving internet access in the country, upgrading its VSAT hub to ensure better connectivity aeound the country.

Justus Shalihu, Director of the VSAT project at Namibia Telecom, indicates that the deployment of remote terminals in various regions of Namibia is underway.

The company upgraded its Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) hub in order to provide faster and more reliable IP connectivity for users in remote areas. The pilot installations of TN’s modern VSAT hub, called Satlink, have had satisfactory results, according to their analysis.

The main beneficiaries of these cutting-edge improvements are thus farmers, banks, schools, NGOs and mining companies operating in remote areas.

It is also necessary to note the importance of remote connectivity in African telecommunications; an importance further underlined by the recent announcement of Namibia Telecom which noted the relevance of satellites and VSATs in this dynamic.

Namibia Telecom for example migrated from the Gobabeb Namib Research Institute to the enhanced VSAT platform. Gobabeb’s mission is to be a catalyst for the collection, understanding and sharing of knowledge about arid environments, particularly the hyper-arid Namib Desert in southwestern Namibia. The institution thus equips itself with the appropriate technology, given its use of scientific instruments which must send the data on time.

VSAT is therefore the customized integrated voice / fax, data and video satellite communication solution available anywhere, even in the most remote and arid regions of Namibia. Namibia Telecom’s enhanced VSAT is based on the latest high capacity, high speed, low latency satellite technology and supports the provision of narrowband and broadband connectivity anywhere in the country.

The company’s Satlink service now includes unlimited data volume downloads and broadband Internet access at a flat rate. Residential and professional customers can thus choose from differents packages offered and at a fixed contract duration of 36 months.

In addition, in order to facilitate the migration to the new Satlink packages for its current customers, Namibia Telecom specifies that it will absorb all one-time costs of replacing devices and facilities / services.

This option of Telecom Namibia confirms the prominent place of satellite connections in the future of telecommunications in Africa.

 

PCN