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IS ups African VSAT presence

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Internet Solutions (IS) has increased its VSAT presence across Africa to more than 3 000 nodes, following the company's acquisition of Accelon Nigeria. 

Jacques Rautenbach, manager of IS’s Emerging Africa Division, is focused on securing and providing connectivity for a rapidly growing Pan-African business community. “We have doubled our African business year on year to 46 countries and over 3 000 VSAT terminals using over 600Mhz of space segment.
"We currently have an MPLS point of presence in eight countries – Mauritius, Nigeria, Namibia, Ghana, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Angola and Kenya – and 13 new points of presence (PoPs) are planned for the 2008 financial year.”
According to Rautenbach, Africa offers lucrative opportunities for economic expansion for global organisations, especially in high-GDP countries such as Egypt, Kenya, Nigeria and Angola.
“There are many domestic opportunities in these countries and South African and European enterprises want reliable services from reliable and sustainable companies able to deliver world-class solutions. We went out and looked for service providers on the ground that we could either acquire or partner with to gain our foothold across the region.”
“For example, we have 47 staff at Internet Solutions Kenya, and our Nigerian acquisition of Accelon brings us a competent and experienced staff of 70. They benefit by receiving our training, resources and management and the customers can now enjoy an increased solution set from the IS bouquet.”
The solutions and services are mainly focused on the financial services, oil and gas and public sectors in each area and offer full management of the customers’ triple play content – voice, video and data  – MPLS with all its value-added services, and provision of IP services in general.
“Deregulation of the communications industries in many African countries to our North has accelerated the growth and provision of network solutions to the continent,” says Rautenbach.
“We can provide connectivity to just about the entire African continent, we have engineering resources on the ground and look at each opportunity as a unique, custom-built requirement, ensuring we meet or exceed service level agreements. Because we understand the continent, the cultures, the challenges, and the need for enterprise class services, we are delivering the technology using economies of scale to the benefit of entire communities. It’s an exciting era for African communications.”