Gateway Communications, the pan-African wholesale telecoms provider owned by Vodacom, has announced that Gilat Satellite Networks has been chosen as the company’s primary VSAT provider. The strategic cooperation will enhance the provision of telecoms services to mobile and fixed line operators, connecting them within Africa, and to the rest of the world. Gilat’s SkyEdge II VSAT network provides a platform for Gateway Communications’ Demand Assigned Multiple Access (DAMA) technology, which allocates satellite capacity based on time, frequency and availability. The collaboration will also allow multiple networks throughout Africa to be controlled from one management centre. A Gilat SkyEdge II hub has been installed at Gateway’s Network Operations Center in Belgium, deploying DAMA services across Africa. These services will include cellular backhaul applications, broadband access for telecoms companies, backbone restoration and rural telephony.
‘After evaluating the foremost VSAT providers, we established that Gilat offered the optimal combination of superior technology, qualified support and experience in the cellular backhaul market, and complemented our philosophy of market innovation and customer service,’ said Gateway Chief Operating Officer, Phil Braden. ‘Through this partnership Gateway Communications will continue to provide high-quality, efficient and cost-effective solutions to Africa.’