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SA gets new satellite broadband product

August 18, 2011 • Mobile and Telecoms, Satellite CommunicationsComments (2)

South Africa’s connectivity technology service provider Maxwell Technology – a subsidiary of Barnstone Corporate Holdings  has been appointed to market a new satellite broadband offering in South Africa. SkyeMax is powered by SkyeVine, and provides affordable broadband access to the Internet via satellite for the first time. “As specialists in VSAT...

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Q-KON, MTN Business use satellite to help connect SA’s youth

July 4, 2011 • Satellite Communications, Top StoriesComments Off on Q-KON, MTN Business use satellite to help connect SA’s youth

Q-KON, an engineering group and provider of turn-key solutions and managed network services within the African telecommunications market, has provided a VSAT satellite technology solution in support of a cyberlab setup at Mampoi Secondary School in Qwaqwa,...

Egypt tops satellite channels in North Africa

June 23, 2011 • Mobile and Telecoms, Satellite CommunicationsComments Off on Egypt tops satellite channels in North Africa

New statistics published by the Arab Adivers Group revealed that Egypt has the most satellite television channels in North Africa, and across the world Free to Air (FTA) satellite TV channels rose by 10.5 percent in the past year ending in April 2011....

Two Nigerian satellites set to take off

June 8, 2011 • Mobile and Telecoms, Satellite CommunicationsComments Off on Two Nigerian satellites set to take off

NIGERIA is set to launch two new satellites, NigeriaSat-2 and NigeriaSat-X into the orbit before end of June 2011. National Space Research and Development’s Head of Media and Corporate Affairs, Felix Ale says the country’s two satellites would be...

Satellite continues to play a major role in broadband access

June 3, 2011 • Satellite Communications, Top StoriesComments Off on Satellite continues to play a major role in broadband access

Despite the advent of more than 20 optic fibre cable networks now reaching African shores, satellite services will continue to fulfil an important role in providing the telecommunications infrastructure for urban centres as well as inland and remote areas,...

Satellites uncover lost Egyptian pyramids

May 27, 2011 • Satellite Communications, Top StoriesComments Off on Satellites uncover lost Egyptian pyramids

Archaeologists at the University of Alabama at Birmingham have unearthed 17 lost pyramids and thousands of ancient tombs. They didn’t go the old-fashioned dig in the desert fashion, instead using infrared satellite imagery of Egypt. Led by Egyptologist...

Hughes to provide satellite broadband to DRC

May 10, 2011 • Mobile and Telecoms, Satellite CommunicationsComments (1)

Hughes Network Systems, LLC, a global leader in broadband satellite networks and services, today announced the deployment of several HX System broadband satellite networks for Microcom DRC, a service provider in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC),...

Vodacom selects Hughes for broadband satellite

April 18, 2011 • Satellite Communications, Top StoriesComments (1)

Vodacom, South Africa’s leading cellular business has selected Hughes Network Systems(HUGHES), a leader in broadband satellite networks and services, to provide its market-leading HN and HX broadband satellite solutions to help propel Vodacom’s...

Intelsat New Dawn Satellite to launch on 22 April

April 12, 2011 • Mobile and Telecoms, Satellite CommunicationsComments Off on Intelsat New Dawn Satellite to launch on 22 April

Intelsat S.A. announced today that the launch of Intelsat New Dawn has been rescheduled to Friday, April 22 at 5:37 p.m. (EDT). The satellite, loaded on an Ariane 5 rocket, will be launched from the Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. The launch was initially...

Latens chosen for Egypt’s first satellite IPTV system

April 11, 2011 • Satellite Communications, SecurityComments Off on Latens chosen for Egypt’s first satellite IPTV system

Egypt is looking to improve its satellite delivery systems and Latens, a software security solutions provider for pay television announced on Thursday that it had been chosen by the Egyptian Advanced Multimedia Systems (EAMS) as the company to protect...

“All Systems Go” for New Dawn Satellite

March 30, 2011 • Satellite Communications, Top StoriesComments (3)

Intelsat S.A. today confirmed that the New Dawn satellite remains on schedule for launch aboard an Ariane 5 rocket from the Arianespace Launch Complex in Kourou, French Guiana at approximately 9:45 p.m. GMT (23:45 SA Time) tonight. As Intelsat New Dawn is...

Satellite operator to expand African footprint

December 13, 2010 • Mobile and Telecoms, Satellite Communications, Top StoriesComments (1)

Global satellite operator SES S.A. announced today that it plans to expand its presence in Africa by providing much needed additional capacity to the continent, as well as adding staff and new local offices to foster long-term customer relationships in order...

Satellite still the solution for rural Africa

November 25, 2010 • Satellite Communications, Top StoriesComments (2)

ITNewsAfrica.com asked Willy K. Linga, Regional Director Sales for Africa at EMC (Emerging Markets Communications) Satcom Technologies, about connectivity on the continent and why Africa still needs strong satellite networks. ITNewsAfrica.com: What is EMC’s...

Gilat provides satellite equipment to Ethiopia

June 2, 2010 • Mobile and Telecoms, Satellite CommunicationsComments Off on Gilat provides satellite equipment to Ethiopia

Ethiopian Telecommunication Corp. (ETC), Ethiopia’s national telecom operator has appointed Gilat Satellite Networks, to provide satellite communications equipment which will be deployed as part of the nationwide SchoolNet project. SchoolNet is a...

Eutelsat satellites gear up World Cup coverage

May 27, 2010 • Mobile and Telecoms, Satellite CommunicationsComments Off on Eutelsat satellites gear up World Cup coverage

The soccer World Cup in South Africa will have four satellites operated by Eutelsat Communications at the heart of the broadcast infrastructure that will enable channels around the world to deliver matches to their viewers. Eutelsat’s W2A, W3A, W4 and...

Rwandatel switches to satellite as SEACOM failure takes its toll

April 30, 2010 • Satellite Communications, Top StoriesComments Off on Rwandatel switches to satellite as SEACOM failure takes its toll

Rwandan businesses that rely on the internet have been adversely affected by the recent failure of SEACOM’s undersea cable, with some businesses switching operators to stay afloat. “We initially thought it was a minor and temporary breakdown but it...