Gateway has upgraded its pan-African network from the original Digital Video Broadcasting standard for satellite to a second generation system; DVB-S2.
Migrating to the new standards allows more efficient use of scarce African satellite capacity and as a consequence significantly improves the commercial position of Gateway in the marketplace.
Gateway has spent the last six months transitioning more than 1 000 customers on to a new network that has dramatically improved speed, security and network reliability.
Initially, Gateway’s entire hub infrastructure had to be prepared in order to migrate its customers from the older iDirect Infinity system to the new Evolution DVB-S2/ACM system.
The transition began in West Africa where Gateway’s corporate customers switched across seamlessly, with no service interruption.
Extensive independent tests show that DVB-S2 systems can deliver substantial improvements in network uptime through Adaptive Coding and Modulation (ACM), the ability to change encoding parameters in real time.
For customers this means that their service doesn’t drop off during adverse conditions. This is because rather than there being a service outage, there is instead a small drop in bandwidth speed as the coding adapts to the most suitable speed for the conditions.
Upgrading the network has maximised Gateway’s efficiency in utilising its backbone and bandwidth.
Phil Braden, group projects director at Gateway, comments: “At Gateway we continually review our technology platforms to look for methods to serve our customers in the best manner possible. Our broad range of services means that we can offer our clients in Africa the right solution for their business with increased efficiency and reduced costs throughout the network."