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Zambia: ISAT Africa opens first VSAT hub

August 18, 2014 • Satellite Comms, Southern Africa, Top Stories

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VSAT would remain a critical medium for the far-to-reach areas of the country. (Image Source: hmedubai.com)

According to ISAT Africa, located in Zambia, it has established the first commercial VSAT (Very Small Aperture Terminal) hub in Lusaka. According to the company, the private earth station will be used to transmit and receive data signals through a satellite.

Zambia Information and Communication Technology Authority (ZICTA) director general, Margaret Mudenda, commended ISAT for investing in a modern and new VSAT hub in Lusaka, the first commercial hub. This is important and significant to the development of the Information Communication Technology (ICT) sector.

According to allafrica.com, Mudenda stated that: “VSAT would remain a critical medium for the far-to-reach areas of the country. With the VSAT in place, all the traffic would be routed through the hub in Lusaka, thus ensuring that traffic destined or originating in Zambia would be exchanged right here in Lusaka via the internet exchange before making its way to the global internet.”

Mudenda assured ISAT and other stakeholders in the ICT sector that it would do its level best to maintain a level playing field that was conducive for continuous growth and greater ICT penetration in Zambia.

Mudenda said the acquisition of terrestrial capacity from the sub-marine fibre systems SEACOM, EaSSY and TEAMS via Tanzania had brought a 3rd major route for international terrestrial capacity to Zambia, others being via Namibia and Zimbabwe.

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