Gateway solution connects Mauritian islands
TELECOMS| Aug. 2, 2012, 9:25 a.m.
Gateway Communications has provided a connectivity solution to Emtel, for the remote islands of Agalega and Rodrigues, which form part of the Republic of Mauritius.
The Rodrigues Island lies 550km northeast of Mauritius with a population of about 35,000. The island contributes to the economy through a variety of sectors including tourism, fishing and agriculture. Effective mobile connectivity is needed in order to facilitate business-to-business communication and for general correspondence with the mainland.
The Agalega Island lies 1,122km north of Mauritius and has a population of less than 300 people. This island is self-sustaining, but residents utilise mobile communication for ordering supplies, for emergency situations and to stay in touch with their friends and family across the island archipelago.
Gateway says although they were previously connected, the Islanders of Rodrigues and Agalega frequently experienced weak links and outages often brought on by bad weather. Emtel - a division of the Millicom International Cellular (MIC) group - approached Gateway Communications for a potential solution, which would deliver the most efficient voice and data connectivity to the residents of these islands.
Emtel used CellDirect - Gateway’s satellite cellular backhaul solution – to give the islanders access to reliable and effective mobile communications.
MORE TELECOMS NEWS
MACRA welcomes new DGThe Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA) has a new Director General, Mr. Andrew Kumbatira. Read More
Safaricom welcomes security scrutiny of SIM overlay technologySafaricom has welcomed the Communications Authority (CA) of Kenya’s decision to give tentative approval to the roll out of the SIM overlay technology. Read More
NCA urged to fight the rise of SIM Boxing in GhanaGhana’s National Communication Authority is being urged to consider reducing or taking away indefinitely the 19 cent being charged on international calls into the country. Read More
Vodacom: no plans to sell SA telecoms towersVodacom currently has no intention of selling its tower infrastructure in South Africa in spite of the continent-wide trend towards leasing rather than owning towers, saying the market drivers in the country are different to elsewhere in Africa. Read More
Vodacom Congo outgoing, new boss meet DRC Prime MinisterOutgoing Vodacom Congo Managing Director, South African-born Godfrey Motsa, last week went to the Office of DRC Prime Minister Matata Ponyo to say good bye and thanks as his term at the helm of the mobile operator ended this month. Read More
Tigo Ghana upgrades Customer Support CentresAs part of efforts to offer its customers highly interactive and a more satisfying experience, telecom service provider, Tigo, says it is upgrading its customer support centres to ‘Customer Experience Centres’. Read More
Vodacom Congo to extend coverage to Central DRCMobile operator Vodacom is preparing to extend its network coverage to the central regions of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Read More
Glo grows subscriber figures to 27.3 millionGlobacom says it has worked assiduously to grow its subscriber base to some 27.3 million. By this latest figure, the telco has overtaken Airtel. Read More
Phase3 Telecom upgrades Adam Smith’s facilityPhase3 Telecom has upgraded its communications solutions offering to Adam Smith West Africa’s operations. Read More
FEATURED STORYMFarmer SMS redefines market access for Ugandan farmers
Ugandan smallholder farmers are benefitting from an ambitious innovative ICT mobile phone initiative that offers weather reports and up-to-date market information about changes in prices for agricultural commodities, thus granting them lucrative returns from their farming ventures.
BEST READ NEWS
IN DEPTHiProcure delivers inputs to farmers’ doorsteps using ICTs
An innovation dubbed iProcure is already being used by several agro input firms which are now relying on it to distribute their products to farmers.
COMPANY NEWSSchneider Electric signs exclusive off-grid solar distribution agreement with Zimbabwean firm
Schneider Electric has announced the signing of an exclusive agreement with Samansco, a Zimbabwean renewable energy, back-up power and appropriate technology company.SAP Innovation Helps The Global Fund Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria in Africa
Extending a longstanding partnership, SAP is a founding member of The Global Fund’s new Innovation Coalition to support disease prevention and treatment.