Vodacom boosts satellite capacity


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Vodacom boosts satellite capacity

Vodacom has bought new Hughes Network Systems Ka/Ku terminals to augment its converged service offerings.

Hughes Network Systems announced that Vodacom has bought Hughes’ high power HN9200 and HN9400 Ka/Ku-band terminals to both augment its existing services and in anticipation of the arrival of Ka-band satellite service in Africa.

It says the HN and HX broadband satellite solutions will help propel Vodacom’ s aggressive expansion of converged service offerings in South Africa and throughout the continent.

Vodacom provides mobile voice and data communications and related services to almost 40-million customers.

In addition, Vodacom Business Services offers a wide range of converged communications solutions over a variety of technology platforms to enterprise, SME and public sector customers, including managed VPN, broadband data and Internet connectivity and converged hosting and application based services.

“ We are very pleased to offer a comprehensive portfolio of customised, managed VPN, overlay and broadband satellite services utilising the Hughes HN and HX satellite systems,” says Sean Victor, principal specialist: Converged Satellite at Vodacom Business Services.

“ Since launching Vodacom Business Services in 2008, we have made significant investments in infrastructure in order to offer a wide variety of services including next-generation IP voice, managed networks and infrastructure, Internet access, hosting and storage services. With the addition of Hughes technology, we are aggressively expanding our service offerings into specific target markets in South Africa and throughout the African continent.”

Soheil Mehrabanzad, assistant vice-president: Middle East/Africa at Hughes, adds: “ Hughes is very excited to be supporting Vodacom Business Services in its rapid expansion of service offering. Our advanced HN and HX Systems, featuring IPoS/DVB-S2 with the ACM (adaptive coding modulation) feature, deliver highly efficient bandwidth utilisation that enables Vodacom to maximise satellite capacity and contain costs as they grow their business.”

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