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The East African : July 21st 2014
The EastAfrican 38 Satellite Broadband Communications SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION JULY 19-25, 2014 Using satellites to take Internet to marginal areas TURN FROM PAGE 36 ing economies, whe≥e no fixed netwo≥k has existed befo≥e p≥oviding ≥eliable, high-speed, cost-e≠ective voice and data se≥vices ATRAMS, a satellite com- munications company p≥oviding satellite equipment, voice and data se≥vices p≥ovides satellite telecommunications se≥vices, asset management and GPS t≥acking se≥vices fo≥ p≥ofessionals, small and la≥gescale co≥po≥ate o≥ganisations and b≥oadcaste≥s. As a solution p≥ovide≥, AT- RAMS designs and implements customised solutions fo≥ indust≥ies including mining, oil and gas, fleet management, t≥anspo≥t and logistics, gove≥nment and milita≥y, aid agencies and many othe≥ businesses. iWay Af≥ica p≥ovides 40 count≥ies in Af≥ica with ≥eliable high-bandwidth Inte≥net access th≥ough a mix of satellite and te≥≥est≥ial technology. With an expe≥ience of mo≥e than 45 yea≥s among its panAf≥ican subsidia≥ies, its se≥vices include connectivity, VPN/ MPLS, data cent≥es, managed se≥vices, p≥emise base suppo≥t and applications, with high netwo≥k ≥eliability, secu≥ity how stuff works Satellite Internet services have come a long way, providing speeds comparable with some cable services and far better than dial-up. Satellite Internet depends on geostationary satellites which orbit at the same speed as the earth’s rotation and thus remain stationary relative to a location on the earth’s surface. The satellites send and receive internet signals. To receive satellite internet at home, you need a special satellite dish or receiver and a service contract with an internet satellite provider. Telecomunications engineer Peter Kamau of iWay Africa, a satellite Internet provider, installs a satellite dish at Wilson Airport, Nairobi. and data speed. The technology exists to c≥eate a p≥ofusion of inte≥connected b≥oadband netwo≥ks in space, with a vib≥ant and competitive ma≥ket to access them. But in o≥de≥ to fulfil its potential, the satellite secto≥ needs ≥egulation and libe≥alisation on a global scale. The use of ≥adio-f≥equency spect≥um is inc≥easingly being const≥ained, so the ba≥≥ie≥s to combining te≥≥est≥ial and satellite netwo≥ks ought to be ≥emoved. As mo≥e count≥ies launch satellites and claim o≥bital locations, licensing and access to national ma≥kets should become mo≥e open. Satellite Inte≥net is ideal fo≥ homes and businesses in ≥u≥al a≥eas whe≥e cable, fib≥e o≥ even DSL Inte≥net is not available. Satellite is a vast imp≥ove- ment ove≥ conventional dialup because it delive≥s a highspeed Inte≥net connection without tying up a telephone line. Connection speeds and bandwidth th≥esholds a≥e c≥ucial, but they a≥en’t the only facto≥s to examine when choosing a satellite Inte≥net company; se≥vice featu≥es can also be an impo≥tant dete≥minant. One should conside≥ how many email accounts a≥e in- cluded in each plan and how much sto≥age the se≥vice allots pe≥ account. Look fo≥ flexible pu≥chas- ing options, such as a 30-day ≥etu≥n policy and discounts fo≥ bundling with othe≥ se≥vices. Additionally, make su≥e any satellite Inte≥net p≥ovide≥ you conside≥ p≥ovides a download manage≥, which enables you to schedule download and compute≥ updates du≥ing low-t≥affic hou≥s o≥ when you use the least amount of bandwidth, such as night-time. Becoming competitive Costs have been coming down in ≥ecent yea≥s to the point whe≥e satellite b≥oadband is becoming competitive with othe≥ b≥oadband options. A new gene≥ation of applica- tions with high th≥oughput ≥equi≥ements has eme≥ged, and satellites a≥e meeting these high th≥oughput needs. Satellite systems a≥e optimised fo≥ se≥vices such as Inte≥net access, vi≥tual p≥ivate netwo≥ks and pe≥sonal access. Globally, the numbe≥ of subsc≥ibe≥s to satellite b≥oadband is expected to g≥ow f≥om 1.5 million in 2011 to about 6 million in 2020.
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