ACCRA, Ghana and SINT-NIKLAAS, Belgium — Sept. 15, 2010 — Newtec has announced that Ghana-based triple-play solutions provider K-NET is using Newtec’s Sat3Play® to extend the reach of broadband services throughout West Africa. K-NET’s Sat3Play infrastructure provides the platform for service providers to offer a full range of broadband applications via satellite, including Internet access, security, VOIP, IP VPN and VSAT.
With a Sat3Play hub in Accra and terminals located throughout the region, K-NET’s service provider clients can deliver services to business and consumer customers. Applications include enterprise connectivity, GSM backhauling, digital signage, consumer broadband access with triple-play, and on-the-move access for mobile customers.
Sat3Play’s low-cost and easy-to-install terminal enables the end-users throughout West Africa to access broadband regardless of their location, whether for individual home and office applications, SME networks, or larger-scale vertical applications, such as SCADA, POS and ATM. Sat3Play thus provides K-NET’s clients and their customers with the basis for a truly viable business model anywhere in the region, complementing the terrestrial infrastructure.
“A key benefit of the technology is that it makes broadband service provision possible at a realistic investment level, and with low operational costs,” says Richard Hlomador, founder and CEO of K-NET. “User terminals are easy to set up, and the Ka-band migration capability makes the platform future-proof and very versatile in terms of satellite use.”
The new low-cost, Ka-band-ready Sat3Play terminal includes Newtec’s revolutionary 4CPM modulation and coding scheme, which substantially increases the speed and bandwidth efficiency of the return link. This makes Sat3Play a perfect fit for both the consumer and enterprise market. Sat3Play can be combined with VoIP and Direct-to-Home television services, and supports a large variety of professional applications such as for the maritime, energy, transport and security markets. The terminals can be set up quickly and easily using Newtec’s Point & Play® self-installation capability.
“With Sat3Play, K-NET’s clients can provide any of the services modern businesses require and that today’s consumers demand,” says Serge Van Herck, CEO of Newtec. “It’s important for economic and social development that access to these services be as wide as possible and not restricted to those areas that have a traditional cable infrastructure. K-NET and Newtec are making broadband available anywhere in the West African region.”
Sat3play is operated by K-NET under the brand name fast2net. The major countries of coverage are Senegal, Gambia, Mali, Niger, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Togo, Benin, Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Cameroun and Central African Republic.
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