satellite operator Intelsat says that it has won a deal to provide managed broadband service to Vodacom across sub Saharan Africa.
Intelsat said that its services will position Vodacom to offer a differentiated broadband service targeting the small office/home office (SOHO) and small/medium enterprise (SME) users.
Under the agreement, Intelsat will provide Ku-band satellite broadband capacity to Vodacom on Intelsat 28 at 32.8ºE and deliver a fully integrated and managed solution, powered by Hughes broadband satellite technology.
When the Intelsat 33e satellite enters service, scheduled for 2016, Vodacom will be able to seamlessly access a high performance overlay that will provide additional throughput for its busiest regions.
Grant Marais, Intelsat's Regional Vice President, Africa, stated, "This new and innovative solution demonstrates Intelsat's leadership in satellite broadband connectivity. We worked closely with Vodacom to address their future business demands, providing capacity through traditional wide and high-throughput satellite spot beams to locations where our customers need it most."