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Gazprom Space Systems Inks Agreement with iSat Africa

By Caleb Henry | September 22, 2014
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iSAT Africa’s central Earth station for Yamal 402. Photo: Gazprom Space Systems

[Via Satellite 09-22-104] Wananchi Group subsidiary iSAT Africa has entered a contract with Gazprom Space Systems (GSS) for capacity on the Yamal 402 satellite. Under the agreement, iSAT Africa will use the satellite’s southern beam for services in the Democratic Republic of Congo and other Central African countries.

Yamal 402 supports a single steerable beam and four fixed beams: a European beam, a Northern beam over Europe and Russia, a dedicated Russian beam and a Southern beam over Africa.

“Yamal-402 satellite perfectly meets our requirements due to its high power and the wide Ku-band coverage zone, allowing us to use it for the small regional networks as well as for pan-African VSAT networks in Sub Sahara region,” said Santosh Sakpal, technical manager at iSAT Africa. “We are planning to further develop our services on this satellite and are very interested in the extension of our partnership.”