Gilat Satcom announces plans for new fibre optic routes in Africa

Gilat Satcom announces plans for new fibre optic routes in AfricaGilat Satcom will reveal plans for a network of new fibre optic routes. (Image source: x_tine/Flickr)Gilat Satcom has announced it will reveal plans for a network of new fibre optic routes in coastal and landlocked Africa at the upcoming Great Rift Valley ICT Summit taking place in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

During the event, which will take place on 17 and 18 July 2013, Gilat Satcom will also discuss its plans to establish data centres across Africa, which will be aimed at oil and gas companies, financial institutions and other large firms that need high security and low latency levels.

Eran Yoran, marketing director of the company, said, “There is still a huge gap between the growing demands for broadband in Africa and the ability of the industry to provide a high-quality service. In particular, we see a great need in Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, Somalia, Tanzania and Zambia. We are investing heavily so that we can provide businesses in Africa with a fully-redundant extremely stable broadband network with excellent QoS.”

The company, which is among the first in Africa to offer both East to West coast and international connectivity, said existing routes are already providing companies with fast and reliable broadband connectivity at a highly competitive price, with coast-to-coast redundancy guaranteed.

Gilat Satcom’s multiprotocol label switching (MPLS) network connects to both the WACS and EASSy undersea cables via local fibre loops across Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Namibia, Gana and Mozambique, also reaching the most remote parts of the continent through its pan-Africa satellite footprint.

The company’s African headquarters are located in Lagos, Nigeria and it has a number of joint ventures across the continent, including Microlink in Zambia and Raga in the DRC. Gilat Satcom is also a shareholder in WIOCC, the owners of the EASSy and WACS undersea cables.

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