|By Business Wire||
|April 24, 2014 04:54 AM EDT||
Pan-African telecoms operator, Gondwana International Networks, has announced that it has signed a new contract with Avanti Communications. Gondwana will deploy both broadband and VOIP services to thousands of consumer and enterprise customers via Avanti’s HYLAS 2 satellite, under its iWayAfrica and Africa Online brands. The countries served will include: Kenya, Tanzania, parts of Uganda, Zimbabwe and South Africa.
Mathew Welthagen, Chief Executive Officer at Gondwana, commented: “We are excited to partner with Avanti to power our VOIP and broadband satellite services. Deployment of Ka-band via small dishes is an exciting and compelling prospect for consumer data communications in Africa. The costs savings - combined with the flexibility and quality of the Avanti proposition - will change this market completely.”
Matthew O’Connor, Chief Operating Officer at Avanti Communications, said: “We are delighted to work with Gondwana in delivering services across Africa. The in-built flexibility of Avanti’s satellite fleet will provide the high levels of service required by Gondwana’s customers across five territories.”
Gondwana International Networks recently acquired iWayAfrica and Africa Online Mauritius from South African operator, Telkom SA.
About Gondwana International Networks (GIN)
Gondwana International Networks, operating under its iWayAfrica and Africa Online brands, has physical presence and resources in 9 countries on the continent and operates in 39 countries in Africa, providing both satellite and terrestrial connectivity services across the continent. Gondwana operates various VSAT platforms, including C-band, Ku band and Ka band technologies, to provision and supply an array of VSAT services ranging from consumer broadband to carrier services. Gondwana owns various spectrum and network provisioning licenses and provides terrestrial connectivity services over its wireless networks as well as by optical fibre. Gondwana operates world-class data centres securely from South Africa, Germany and the United Kingdom, as well as providing local data centre services in 8 African countries, allowing it to offer customers web hosting, server and application hosting, data storage and disaster recovery solutions. Gondwana, via its subsidiary TelcoServe, also specialises in the design, deployment, operation and maintenance of in-building reception solutions, typically DAS (Distributed Antenna System) technologies, and the acquisition and management of leases at strategic locations.
About Avanti Communications
Avanti Communications is a carriers’ carrier, selling wholesale data telecoms to service providers which use them to create networks for enterprise, carrier, government and consumer users. Avanti Communications’ network consists of:- two high throughput satellites in orbit, called HYLAS 1 and HYLAS 2; a multiband satellite called Artemis plus a fourth satellite in construction called HYLAS 3 and an international fibre network connecting data centres in several countries. Avanti Communications has GEO satellite network spectrum filings in the ITU Master Register for Ka band at 33.5° West and 31.0° East and for Ka, Ku, S and L-band at 21.5° East. Avanti Communications serves customers in Europe, Middle East and Africa.
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