US-based satellite communications infrastructure provider Globecomm Systems has announced that it has received a contract from Etisalat’s subsidiary Atlantique Telecom to develop a VSAT network connecting seven GSM networks in seven central African countries. Under the agreement Globecomm will design, integrate and deploy systems at the Atlantique Telecom main hub facility in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, at remote network nodes in Niger, Togo, Burkina Faso, Benin, Gabon and the Central African Republic and at Thuraya Satellite Telecommunications’ primary gateway at Sharjah, UAE. The VSAT network will provide cost-effective voice and data traffic routing, and will support the growth of Atlantique Telecom’s subscriber base in one of the world’s fastest growing mobile markets.
The turnkey solution is based on VSAT satellite technology in a star-meshed network to provide optimised voice and data trunking. Globecomm’s unique Satcell solution enables high quality of service while minimizing satellite bandwidth requirements and reducing overall operating costs for Atlantique Telecom. In addition to systems design, integration and installation, Globecomm will design, recommend and manage C-band transponder capacity on the Thuraya D2 satellite on behalf of Atlantique Telecom.