SES, Castor Networks in capacity expansion deal
COMPUTING| Sept. 3, 2012, 2:54 p.m.
SES and Castor Networks have announced that the Dutch provider of teleport, VSAT and broadcasting services has signed a capacity expansion agreement on SES’ NSS-7 satellite to meet the growing needs for connectivity throughout Southern Africa.
Castor Networks will utilise the new capacity to enable the delivery of voice and data across corporate networks of oil & gas and mining industries, ISPs and governments in countries such as Angola, Mozambique and South Africa.
At 340 degrees East, NSS-7’s newly-configured South Africa Ku-band beam is well-positioned to support VSAT hubs in Europe that are expanding into remote areas in Southern Africa.
“NSS-7 is an ideal fit, as it is a high-powered satellite that offers comprehensive coverage over Southern Africa with cross connectivity into Europe and complements Castor Networks’ iDirect Ku-band coverage over Africa,” said Edwin Cras, Managing Director of Castor Networks. “SES, with its professional account management and technical sales support team, has been taking the lead in searching for the right technical solution, allowing us to grow our business by offering competitive rates on first NSS-12, and now NSS-7.”
“Castor Networks is an innovative satellite solution provider that has developed significant bandwidth efficiency gains. We are delighted to have Castor Networks aboard NSS-7 and make use of the satellite's new connectivity to extend its networks. This latest contract broadens our partnership and reflects the escalating demand for connectivity throughout Africa,” said Norbert Hölzle, Senior Vice President of Europe, Commercial for SES.
MORE COMPUTING NEWS
Virtualisation in the age of smart dataActifio solution strategist Gareth Donald discusses virtualisation in the age of smart data: the next frontier on the march to the cloud. Read More
SATA confers on customer service and billingThe Southern African Telecommunications Association (SATA) held a Customer Service, Quality of Service (Qos) and Billing Conference. Read More
Study: Payments industry in fluxA new study indicates that cards will account for 273 billion transactions at a combined value of some US$30 trillion by 2018, but as mPOS grows, new forms of payment will flourish. Read More
Nissan parades ‘ICT built’ brand in MalawiNissan has paraded its brand new 2015 y62 Patrol Ti series in Malawi, which is said to have taken advantage of ongoing ICT innovations and features built-in navigation and digital entertainment. Read More
Digital fuels growth in Africa’s entertainment and media industry: PwC reportAfrican entertainment and media industry has entered a new landscape – one where the media is no longer divided into distinct traditional and digital spheres, according to a report from PwC. Read More
Deloitte unveils Tech Trends 2015The sixth annual Deloitte Tech Trends report examining disruptive technologies with the best potential to impact businesses within the next 18 to 24 months, will be released in Johannesburg today. Read More
Microsoft promotes Africa’s innovators through DEMO Africa 2015Using the Demo Africa platform as a veritable vehicle for the development of African innovators, Microsoft, under the 4Afrika Initiative, has confirmed its support for the upcoming DEMO Africa event in Lagos. Read More
NITDA affirms confidence in DEMO Africa 2015Nigeria’s National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has affirmed its confidence in the ability of the DEMO Africa forum to become the continent’s rallying ground to discover technology leaders and entrepreneurs. Read More
Alcatel-Lucent VP calls for collaboration to achieve Data Revolution in AfricaThe Vice president of Alcatel-Lucent Africa, Daniel Jaeger, has reiterated the need for African stakeholders to work together to address challenges in the way of ICT development in Africa. Read More
Gartner's 2015 Hype Cycle for ICT in Africa points to growing importance of digital businessGartner's "Hype Cycle for ICT in Africa, 2015" report identifies over 30 key technologies and describes how they will impact business performance during the next 10 years. Read More
FEATURED STORYInnovative designer takes e-waste to another level
Gladys Muyenzelwa is a Gaborone based artist and designer who has an eye for ethnic and contemporary design. But unlike other designers, Muyenzelwa has found a way of using e-waste to make her creations.
BEST READ NEWS
IN DEPTHHigh tech homes: Just press play
High tech, digital homes where everything is automated and connected aren’t the stuff of science fiction any longer, says BNC Technology.