Intelligent CIO Africa Issue 35 | Page 12

NEWS InterSAT selects Hughes JUPITER System to power satellite services in Sub-Saharan Africa H ughes Network Systems, a global leader in broadband satellite networks and services, has announced that InterSAT Communication Services FZCO (InterSA), one of the largest and most respected providers of Internet solutions in Africa, has selected the Hughes JUPITER System to power its new SkyFi satellite broadband service for consumers and micro or small-to-medium enterprises across Sub-Saharan Africa. The agreement calls for implementing a latest generation JUPITER gateway and hundreds of high-speed customer terminals. “The JUPITER System provides InterSAT with a significant competitive edge as we expand affordable, high-speed SkyFi services throughout Africa,” said Hanif Kassam, Chief Executive officer, InterSAT. “In our search for the right partner, we concluded that Hughes provides the most technologically advanced platform with unmatched depth of experience in working closely with customers and end-users.” Designed with the advanced DVB-S2X industry standard, the Hughes JUPITER System enables high capacity and efficiency for any satellite broadband implementation. Optimal utilisation of High-Throughput Satellite (HTS) bandwidth provides operators significant cost and performance advantages. “Our agreement with InterSAT is testament to the efficiency and performance of our JUPITER system, the most widely deployed VSAT platform in the world,” said Dharmendra Singh, Assistant Vice President, International Division, Hughes. “We look forward to the start of this new partnership and to delivering the social and economic benefits of high-speed Internet access to customers of InterSAT and its reseller partners.” Operators on six continents have successfully deployed the JUPITER System to power services across more than 40 satellites – whether in C-band, Ku-band or Ka-band, including broadband Internet or Intranet access, community Wi-Fi hotspots, cellular backhaul and airborne services. ////////////////// Telecoming wins Best Digital Entertainment Innovation Award at AfricaCom 2019 T elecoming, the international technology company specialised in digital services monetisation, has won the Best Digital Entertainment Innovation AfricaCom 2019 Award. The company has developed a mobile immersive entertainment service to change the way users enjoy video on their mobile devices. It places the users in the heart of the action by offering high-resolution 360º videos and games. Without needing any hardware, the user becomes the main character of its own experience. Telecoming’s knowledge of new technologies has allowed the company to create an innovative virtual reality service offering more than 70 video 360º presented in five different categories (travel, experiences, music, sports and games) and almost 100 interactive video and virtual reality games for Android. 12 INTELLIGENTCIO Innovation and technology bring technological companies the opportunity to develop outstanding differential services to entertainment users. Mohamed Benhamadi, Telecoming Operations Director for Africa and France, said: “We are committed to entertainment innovation and the development of engaging product. “We are proud of this award mostly coming from the African market, which is extremely dynamic and interesting for Telecoming.”