Africa: SatADSL and Avanti launch commercial Ka-band broadband in Africa

Professional VSAT services provider SatADSL has launched commercial Ka-band broadband services in Sub-Saharan Africa, aiming to bring cost-effective coverage to communities and businesses. Using Avanti’s High Throughput Satellite (HTS) HYLAS 4, it will supply connectivity that Internet Service Providers (ISPs) can offer to consumers via SatADSL’s Cloud-based Service Delivery Platform (C-SDP) on the Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) model.

This includes VNO Flex and voucher-based services, which are not currently available via other Ka-band offerings in the region. Through the Ka-Band offering, SatADSL intends to provide connectivity in regions barely covered by mobile operators and where fibre access remains unavailable. The new services are expected to be fully up and running by the end of this year.

SatADSL’s C-SDP provides a complete OSS/BSS, carrier-grade, fully redundant platform to deliver satellite services via the cloud, eliminating the expense of deploying physical infrastructure. It lets satellite and teleport operators offer any service, including pre-paid, post-paid, volume-based, customer VNOs, contention-based, multicasting and more, independently of the equipment used.

The new services use the Newtec Dialog multiservice platform and Newtec’s MDM2210 IP satellite modems, which have an embedded Wi-Fi-router. This modem delivers throughputs of more than 100 Mbps and enables end-users to add numerous devices to the same satellite subscription with ease.