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Dr Dawie de Wet, CEO of Q-KON.

Opinion: Africa turns to satellite Internet

December 14, 2016 • Opinion, Satellite CommunicationsComments Off on Opinion: Africa turns to satellite Internet

In Africa, technologies of all types are evolving rapidly, with one exception – Internet access. With around only 170 million users, Internet penetration remains low, at around 18%, well below the global average. Low Internet penetration in Africa is without a doubt an obstacle to the continent’s development. Moreover, this is only getting worse as...

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iWayAfrica has launched Ku-Band managed retail satellite service into Sub-Saharan Africa. (image: file)

iWayAfrica introduces Jola, a retail satellite service

December 2, 2016 • Retail, Satellite Communications, Top StoriesComments Off on iWayAfrica introduces Jola, a retail satellite service

iWayAfrica has launched Jola, a Pan-African Ku-Band managed retail satellite service into Sub-Saharan Africa. Meaning ‘one who brings happiness’, Jola provides affordable satellite internet to Sub-Saharan Africa including those areas with limited...

Eutelsat’s new SmartBeam solution, powered by Broadpeak nanoCDN™ technology, unlocks opportunity for broadcasters to extend access to OTT services. (Image source: Flickr/Eutelsat_SA)

Broadpeak and Eutelsat to offer live TV and VOD to mobile devices

November 17, 2016 • Mobile and Telecoms, Satellite Communications, Top StoriesComments Off on Broadpeak and Eutelsat to offer live TV and VOD to mobile devices

Broadpeak and Eutelsat Communications are combining their complementary skills to offer content providers a satellite-based solution for multiscreen video delivery to connected devices. The new offer is a game-changer for extending access to video content on...

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MultiChoice enhances Streaming Services

November 11, 2016 • Gadgets and Gaming, Satellite Communications, Top StoriesComments Off on MultiChoice enhances Streaming Services

MultiChoice launched the new DStv Explora 2 decoder from ARRIS International plc to customers in South Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa. The flagship decoder is the fourth generation of HD PVR devices that ARRIS and MultiChoice have launched together and makes...

The core team that built SCS Aerospace Group's nSight1 nanosatellite in a record time of 6 months are at the front from left to right: Louis Muller, Dr. Francois Malan, Kannas Wiid, Rikus Cronje, Hendrik Burger; in the middle David Brill; and at the back Heinrich Fuchs, Premie Pillay, Philip Bellsted, Dr Lourens Visagie, Kevin Gema and Marcello Bartolini.

South African satellite to launch from International Space Station

November 7, 2016 • Satellite Communications, Top StoriesComments Off on South African satellite to launch from International Space Station

A nanosatellite designed and built in South Africa will be launched early next year from the International Space Station as part of a European Commission research project. Managed by SCS Aerospace Group, South Africa’s biggest private satellite concern it...

TAC will will officially launch TAC Studios, a production arm of the cable channel, at DISCOP 2016 in Johannesburg.

The African Channel to launch TAC Studios

October 27, 2016 • Satellite CommunicationsComments Off on The African Channel to launch TAC Studios

The Africa Channel, (TAC) has announced the launch of TAC Studios at DISCOP 2016 in Johannesburg from November 2-4. TAC Studios focus will formalise and build on the network’s existing production initiatives by developing, producing and distributing premium...

Godwana International Networks CEO Mathew Welthagen.

GIN to bring cost effective satellite connectivity to Africa

October 14, 2016 • Mobile and Telecoms, Satellite CommunicationsComments Off on GIN to bring cost effective satellite connectivity to Africa

Gondwana International Networks (GIN) has launched Source, a fully managed, virtual network satellite operator service. Aimed at telecoms and internet service providers, Source will be rolled out across sub-Saharan Africa on the first Jupiter hub in Africa,...

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Nigeria: Digital Switchover in progress

October 10, 2016 • Satellite Communications, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Nigeria: Digital Switchover in progress

According to The Vanguard the move from analogue to digital has been in progress since April 2016 for Nigeria. The Federal Government launched the pilot phase in Jos, where the country’s first TV station was launched many years ago. The...

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Avanti Communications launches solar-powered ECO Wi-Fi hotspots

September 26, 2016 • Education, Satellite Communications, Top StoriesComments Off on Avanti Communications launches solar-powered ECO Wi-Fi hotspots

Avanti Communications Group plc, a provider of satellite data communications services in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), launches ECO – a new sustainable digital inclusion initiative focused on providing affordable, superfast satellite broadband...

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Tanzania gets superfast satellite broadband

September 13, 2016 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Satellite CommunicationsComments Off on Tanzania gets superfast satellite broadband

Avanti Communications Group plc, a leading provider of satellite data communications services in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and Bentley Walker, the largest supplier and operator of VSAT Networks outside of North America jointly announce a new...

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Case Study: Using satellite connectivity to support sustainable farming

June 12, 2015 • Mobile and Telecoms, Satellite Communications, Southern Africa, Top StoriesComments Off on Case Study: Using satellite connectivity to support sustainable farming

Although not yet listed as an endangered species, Roan antelope numbers have drastically reduced across Africa in recent years. Just 60% of these animals are estimated to live in protected areas, and without urgent action the species may face extinction. In a...

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Kenya: Govt. receives Iridium satellite phones for emergencies

May 28, 2015 • Mobile and Telecoms, Satellite Communications, Top StoriesComments Off on Kenya: Govt. receives Iridium satellite phones for emergencies

The Kenyan government has received 10 Iridium satellite phones from the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). The devices have been issued to the Government for use in case of any emergencies or threats within the country. The government will have the...

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Gilat Satcom unveils satellite service for rural Africa

April 1, 2015 • Satellite Communications, Top StoriesComments Off on Gilat Satcom unveils satellite service for rural Africa

Gilat Satcom has unveiled the launch of its ‘Village Island’ portfolio, which according to the company enables rural villages and remote communities in Africa where ARPUs are low to take control of their digital futures. According to the company, the...

SES Satellite

SES’ Astra 2G satellite ready for launch

December 24, 2014 • Satellite Communications, Top StoriesComments Off on SES’ Astra 2G satellite ready for launch

SES S.A. has revealed that the ASTRA 2G satellite is ready for its scheduled launch on board an ILS Proton booster from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on December 28 at 03:37:49 Baikonur Time (December 27 at 22:37:49 CET and 16:37:49 EST). According to...

Seacom CEO

Liquid Telecom reveals satellite reseller programme in SA

December 3, 2014 • Mobile and Telecoms, Satellite Communications, Southern Africa, Top StoriesComments Off on Liquid Telecom reveals satellite reseller programme in SA

Liquid Telecom South Africa has revealed details of its new reseller programme. According to the telco it has established the programme in response to increasing demand for high-speed broadband from enterprises and individuals across South Africa and as part...

Dan Zajicek, CEO of Gilat Satcom

Gilat Satcom inks USD7.5M deal to launch satellite service

November 11, 2014 • Mobile and Telecoms, Satellite Communications, Top StoriesComments Off on Gilat Satcom inks USD7.5M deal to launch satellite service

At Africacom, which is being held at the CTICC in Cape Town, Gilat Satcom has revealed that it has signed a two-year $7.5M contract with a leading mobile communications company in DRC. Dan Zajicek, CEO of Gilat Satcom, said “Established operators across...