Satellite broadband brings cash machines to rural areas in Africa

 WhiteBroadband cableThe new broadband solution will be offered to businesses, banks, non-governmental organisations and governmental institutions in rural communities across Africa. (Image source: kraifreedom)ATM networks have been be rolled out across Africa following an agreement signed between SatADSL and SES Broadband Services for the development of new high-speed satellite broadband solutions in the continent

Satellite-based communications services company, SatADSL, will offer broadband solution to businesses, banks, non-governmental organisations and governmental institutions in rural communities across Africa.

The new service has already been tried and tested by several banks in the continent.

ATM operators will be able to set-up cash machines in small towns where terrestrial communication services are not accessible, unreliable or too costly.

“Financial institutions offer excellent services in the main cities where fibre connections and WiMax are available,” said Jerome van der Putt, head of sales at SatADSL.

“However, in remote locations where the population is less dense, telecommunication links are often not as reliable,” he added.

SatADSL is working on three pilot projects at present for ATM deployment with banks based in Ghana, Cameroon and Zambia, the company said.

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