SkyeVine, Intelsat take triple play across Africa

TELECOMS

-
Image: By BiztechAfrica
SkyeVine, Intelsat take triple play across Africa

As Africa converts to Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT), in line with International Telecommunications Union (ITU) regulation, SkyeVine, a wholesale operator of data broadband services for Africa, is extending an offer to sub-Saharan broadcasters and Internet service providers (ISPs) to take advantage of the convergence of its platform with that of Intelsat New Dawn’s Free-to-Air DTH (Direct to Home) broadcast platform.

The relevance of this convergence is that there is now a clear opportunity to take a complete triple play bundle offering (voice, video and data) to the market.

Intelsat’s New Dawn DTH platform provides cost-efficient distribution of standard and high-definition programming across sub-Saharan Africa, using premium, non-pre-emptible capacity and the latest multiplexing technology through state-of-the-art DVB-S2 MPEG-4 encoding which allows multiple TV channels to be played at no charge to the end user.

It is a fully integrated service consisting of space segment, uplink chain, multiplexing and encoding, standards conversion and hosting. It is designed for African regional programmers, state broadcasters and international programmers launching free-to-air and pay TV channels originating from within Africa. The platform is currently starting to fill up with content from South Africa, Angola, Nigeria and Ivory Coast.

Uplink facilities are provided through the Globecast South Africa Teleport, located in Johannesburg, with strategic access to the growing media market on the continent. This teleport boasts fully redundant fibre connectivity to all major broadcasters, news agencies and production houses in South Africa.

Anton Kotze, Managing Executive for SkyeVine, says the company has combined its capacity on Intelsat New Dawn with state-of-the-art Newtec triple play infrastructure.

”We have also fully integrated operating and billing systems to allow African ISPs to rapidly deploy up to four megabits per second of premium, unshaped Internet services to customers, eliminating the need for these customers to develop their own management systems,” says Kotze.

The benefits of this affordable prepaid Internet availability for consumers/small businesses include high performance bandwidth, quick deployment and relocation, no cable theft and accommodation of data, voice and video traffic.

Access service provision is based on an attractive billing option, which includes monthly Gigabyte bundles with top-up option, time-of-day discount benefits and no fixed-term contracts.

The SkyeVine Internet Gateway is hosted on a world-class tier 4 facility and Intelsat New Dawn allows ubiquitous Direct-to-Home distribution of broadcasting content, Voice over IP and Internet access to sub-1 metre dishes throughout Sub-Saharan Africa.

“With fully redundant fiber access to the Internet breakout point in South Africa, we have made quality Internet access much more affordable. Both the Intelsat New Dawn and SkyeVine platforms have been purposefully designed to allow broadcasters and ISPs to seamlessly converge the offerings of both platforms, enabling all services to be received using a single antenna,” Kotze adds.

 



Celestino chiwiss - Sept. 17, 2012, 8:18 p.m.

Please i need Your service for interne café here in Angola, Please I look forward to hear from you soon

Share the News

Get Daily Newsletter

comments powered by Disqus

MORE TELECOMS NEWS

Musical chairs in the BTCL boardroom

Change has come for the Botswana Telecommunication Corporation Limited Board of Directors with the appointment of its new crop of board members, led by legal expert Daphne Matlakala.  Read More

Kenya mobile subscribers top 31.8m

The Communications Authority of Kenya reports that the number of mobile subscribers in Kenya rose 1.8 percent to reach 31.8 million in the first quarter of this year. Read More

World Bank to help rehabilitate DRC telecoms

Dilapidated, outdated and unreliable telecommunications infrastructure in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) will be rehabilitated, rebuilt and modernised. Read More

30 phone brands registered with SON

The Phone and Allied Products Dealers Association (PAPDA) at Computer Village, Lagos says it has registered 30 brands of mobile phones with the Standards Organisation of Nigeria.  Read More

TNM dishes out K2.5m in Independence promotion

Premier mobile telecom operator TNM has dished out K2.5m worth of Mpamba value during the first draw of its commemorative promotion as Malawi celebrates 50 years of self rule. Read More

Airtel chief explains Touching Lives initiative

Airtel Nigeria says its launch of Touching Lives, a new corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative, is meant to raise hope and inspire people. Read More

Vodacom Mozambique partners with Flytxt

Flytxt, a Big Data analytics solution provider for Communication Service Providers, has announced a strategic tie up with Vodacom, Mozambique’s leading mobile network.  Read More

CEC Liquid Telecom Zambia appoints new MD

The Liquid Telecom Group and Copperbelt Energy Corporation PLC have announced the appointment of Andrew Kapula as Managing Director of CEC Liquid Telecom in Zambia. Read More

MTN enhances data communications in Western and Central regions

MTN now has over 2275 2G sites and 1090 3G sites in as well as over 4000km of fibre in place in Ghana, to empower customers to do more with voice and data.  Read More

NCA lifts ban on Vodafone

The National Communications Authority (NCA) has lifted the ban imposed on Vodafone Ghana. Read More

PRESS OFFICES

Sage ERP AfricaSAP AfricaSage Pastel AccountingTrust PayVMWareSamsung ElectronicsMitsumi DistributionPhoenix DistributionSage HR AfricaMTN BusinessSchneider ElectricMultichoice

FEATURED STORY

Widening ICT skills gap: Cause for concernWidening ICT skills gap: Cause for concern

Nigeria's FDI gains could be eroded by the widening gap in indigenous skilled ICT manpower, writes Kokumo Goodie.

IN DEPTH

Kenya rolls out e-extension to improve agricultureKenya rolls out e-extension to improve agriculture

In a bid to curb the overwhelmed number of agricultural extension officers in Kenya, the ministry of agriculture is embracing technology with their introduction of E-Extension services, which are aimed at reaching out to over 7 million farmers annually.