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Afrique Telecom commended for developing internet connectivity solutions aimed at underdeveloped areas

September 5, 2018 • Mobile and Telecoms, Southern Africa

Afrique Telecom commended for developing internet connectivity solutions aimed at underdeveloped areas

Afrique Telecom commended for developing internet connectivity solutions aimed at underdeveloped areas

Based on its recent analysis of the Sub-Saharan African (SSA) communications services market, Frost & Sullivan recognises Afrique Telecom with the 2018 Sub-Saharan Africa Enabling Technology Leadership Award. The company’s broadband connectivity solutions SpaceDSL and TAMTAM help businesses, governments, and consumers deliver cost-effective, high-bandwidth Internet access to areas facing last-mile connectivity issues.

“Afrique Telecom’s SpaceDSL and TAMTAM stand out from other communications service providers’ solutions as they give customers the flexibility to choose consumption variables like data volume, time, and speed,” said Fadzai Deda, Best Practices Research Analyst at Frost & Sullivan. “In addition to these two solutions, Afrique Telecom is preparing to commercialise its new solution, Broadband Africa, which will deliver a best-in-class customer experience to consumers all over the continent.”

Afrique Telecom’s SpaceDSL largely addresses the issue of the lacking fixed-line infrastructure in SSA . SpaceDSL is a kit consisting of a small 35-kilogram satellite dish and a modem that businesses or individuals can deploy quickly. Space DSL allows users to choose the connectivity timeframe, ranging from 30 to 90 days, as well as the connectivity speed and data volume. Furthermore, it does not tie users to any subscription contracts.

Meanwhile, the TAMTAM solution helps create a more connected ecosystem in SSA by combining satellite and Wi-Fi to create Internet hotspots. Each TAMTAM™ system can extend connectivity up to a few 100 metres radius around the hotspot and up to six kilometres by using additional repeaters or long-distance customer-premises equipment. TAMTAM can deliver speeds of 10 megabytes per second (Mbps) and will soon support 100 Mbps. This solution allows Afrique Telecom to cater to a variety of stakeholders such as UNICEF, which has already deployed it to give Internet access to schools in Cameroon.

“Lastly, Afrique Telecom’s yet-to-be-released connectivity solution, Broadband Africa, comes with built-in flexibility that allows users to increase or decrease connection speed, set limits for data volume consumption, and set the connection duration,” noted Deda . “Broadband Africa will use last high throughput satellite technology to deliver connectivity of up to 100 Mbps across SSA.”

For delivering the best consumer experience with its advanced technologies, Afrique Telecom is richly deserving of the 2018 Sub-Saharan African Enabling Technology Leadership Award.

Each year, Frost & Sullivan presents this award to a company that developed a pioneering technology that not only enhances current products, but also enables the development of new products and applications. The award recognizes the high market acceptance potential of the recipient’s technology.

Frost & Sullivan Best Practices awards recognise companies in a variety of regional and global markets for demonstrating outstanding achievement and superior performance in areas such as leadership, technological innovation, customer service, and strategic product development. Industry analysts compare market participants and measure performance through in-depth interviews, analysis, and extensive secondary research to identify best practices in the industry.

Edited by Daniëlle Kruger
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