Gateway Communications, a provider of African telecommunications services, has signed a deal with Hellas Sat which will provide an additional 36Mb of capacity over southern Africa.

Hellas Sat, the owner and operator of the Hellas-Sat 2 satellite, located at 39o East, will provide Gateway with Ku-band capacity. This is the first time the two companies have worked together.
Gateway selected the Hellas-Sat 2 because it offers a powerful beam over southern Africa, while being stable and immediately available. Gateway expects to be using Hellas-Sat 2 for years to come.
"Gateway Communications will continue to invest in satellite services over Africa to guarantee our customers have secure, high quality capacity for the future," says Peter Gbedemah, CEO of Gateway Communications. "The additional capacity from Hellas-Sat 2 will serve our growing base of business service customers in southern Africa, reaching from the Africa's southernmost tip up to north of Zambia.
"While we are seeing growth across the continent, we are pleased to start working with Hellas Sat in a key geography, to ensure our footprint follows our customers."
Thanos Papadopoulos, sales & marketing director at Hellas Sat, adds: "We are very pleased to start our co-operation with Gateway, further enriching our customer portfolio already including leading service providers in Europe, Middle East and Africa that have chosen our company for providing DTH, broadcasting, as well as data communications services. We are confident that this is only the start and we look forward to a stronger and long term co-operation."
Gateway Communications has more than 1 200 customers across 40 countries in Africa, and is the largest single user of satellite capacity over Africa.
The Hellas-Sat 2, which was launched in May 2003, is helping Hellas Sat to develop a market presence in South Africa, where it has positioned one of its steerable beams.