GATEWAY Communications, which has signed a deal with Hellas Sat which will provide an additional 36Mb of capacity over Southern Africa, has pledged to invest in satellite services over Africa to guarantee our customers have secure, high quality capacity.
Chief executive officer Peter Gbedemah also forecasted the company’s growth in the continent.
“Gateway Communications will continue to invest in satellite services over Africa to guarantee our customers have secure, high quality capacity for the future.
“The additional capacity from Hellas-Sat 2 will serve our growing base of business service customers in Southern Africa, reaching from the Africa’s southernmost tip up to north of Zambia. While we are seeing growth across the continent, we are pleased to start working with Hellas Sat in a key geography, to ensure our footprint follows our customers,” he said.
Thanos Papadopoulos, sales and marketing director at Hellas Sat, added,”We are very pleased to start our co-operation with Gateway, further enriching our customer portfolio already including leading service providers in Europe, Middle East and Africa that have chosen our company for providing DTH, broadcasting, as well as data communications services. We are confident that this is only the start and we look forward to a stronger and long term co-operation.”
Through the deal, Hellas Sat, the owner and operator of the Hellas-Sat 2 satellite, will provide Gateway with Ku-band capacity.
Gateway Communications has more than 1 200 customers across 40 countries in Africa, and is the largest single user of satellite capacity over Africa.
The Hellas-Sat 2, which was launched in May 2003, is helping Hellas Sat to develop a market presence in South Africa, where it has positioned one of its steerable beams.