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ABS, a global satellite operator, in partnership with iSAT Africa, a satellite solution provider, announced the launch of managed data services on ABS-3A satellite.

These data services will be suitable for remote sites in Africa, Middle East and Europe not connected via terrestrial networks as well as for those locations that require diversification of network infrastructures and back-up services for fiber links. 

It will be operating on the ST Engineering iDirect Newtec Dialog® platform for the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region. The deployment of this platform offers cost-effective, robust, high-speed broadband services for general enterprises, oil & gas and NGOs users.

The Dialog platform offers high versatility and supports MF-TDMA and SCPC technologies with advanced bandwidth management features.

“At iSAT Africa, our aim is to bridge the digital gap in rural and remote African communities by using IP centric 2G/3G/4G technologies,” said Rakesh Kukreja, Managing Director of iSAT Africa. “This requires backhaul that is cost-effective coupled with high performance and availability.

ABS-3A, a high-performance satellite provides excellent coverage of Africa and Europe while the Dialog platform offers us a single management platform for all markets starting from a smaller site within a rural community to full macro sites for thousands of subscribers for voice and data.”

The satellite links are operated through a dedicated antenna on ABS-3A at the teleport in Lario, Northern Italy, which offers high reliability, redundancy and interconnectivity to all the main data centers across Europe.

“ISAT is a long-standing and valued customer. With the first deployment of a Dialog hub, it is expanding its portfolio with ST Engineering iDirect,” said Pieter Paul Mooijman, Regional Vice President Africa “Using its multi-service capability, Dialog will allow ISAT to move into new business areas as and when required, resulting in a high degree of operational flexibility and agility.

Combined with ABS’ reach across the region, this is a winning solution for the provision of connectivity to remote areas of Africa and EMEA.”

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