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SatADSL Launches Ka-Band Service in Sub-Saharan Africa

By | October 4, 2018
Hylas-4 at Orbital ATK’s satellite manufacturing facility in Dulles, Virginia. Photo: Business Wire

Hylas-4 at Orbital ATK’s satellite manufacturing facility in Dulles, Virginia. Photo: Business Wire

SatADSL has launched commercial Ka-band broadband services in Sub-Saharan Africa, aiming to bring cost-effective coverage to communities and businesses. Utilizing Avanti’s High Throughput Satellite (HTS) Hylas 4, the new offering will provide consumer and corporate business connectivity which Internet Service Providers (ISPs) will be able to easily offer to consumers via SatADSL’s Platform-as-a-Service (PAAS) solution, the Cloud-based Service Delivery Platform (C-SDP). This includes VNO Flex and voucher-based services which are not currently available via other Ka-band offerings in the region, according to SatADSL.

Through the Ka-Band offering, SatADSL intends to significantly improve the penetration of high capacity internet in the region, offering connectivity in regions barely covered by mobile operators and where fiber access remains unavailable. The new services are expected to be fully up and running by the end of this year.

The new services leverage the Newtec Dialog multiservice platform and Newtec’s MDM2210 Internet Protocol (IP) satellite modems, which feature an embedded Wi-Fi-router. This modem delivers throughputs of more than 100 Mbit/s and enables end-users to easily add numerous devices to the same satellite subscription.