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Satellite offers answer to mobile operators’ Internet needs

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Gateway Communications is offering mobile network operators a solution to problems currently experienced with Internet connectivity in Africa. 

The company launched IPJetDirect, an accelerated internet access product that delivers data direct to small antenna on client premises. It provides direct, high speed, low latency connections to the global internet backbone – and other selected networks – to improve quality issues often associated with both mobile and African content.
The service will enable African operators who need to connect their mobile or fixed network to the World Wide Web to do so while guaranteeing high availability and a high quality connection through Gateway’s world-class SLA.
Speaking at SATCOM Africa 2008, Peter Gbedemah, CEO of Gateway Communications, comments: “We have developed IPJetDirect in response to a clearly identified market need.  The service allows our customers to profitably increase revenue and minimise churn in the highly competitive market for African mobile data access.
"We deliver this world-class capability in a highly secure, scalable and cost-effective package with a robust SLA and the strongest support and coverage map available in Africa. Features such as enhanced techniques for caching and web acceleration make it ideal for delivery via satellite and for mobile network operators (MNOs).”
Traffic shapers and monitoring systems ensure that IPJetDirect delivers a quality service. The service is supported by Gateway’s regionally based technical experts, whose IP and engineering skills assure a responsive and timely service delivery.
Gateway Communications remains the largest independent provider of satellite capacity in Africa, with more than 37 equivalent transponders deployed over Africa, which ensures the scalability of access to meet the rapid on-the-ground growth in mobile data services across the continent.
“IPJetDirect is designed for reception by 3,7m antenna based on the customer’s premises," says Gbedemah. "This is a relatively small installation, especially when one considers the scale of the service it delivers.  Add to this our proven reputation; the world-class SLA, low TCO and how IPJetDirect enhances our customers’ ability to deliver services to their client base."