Africa gains hybrid satellite-cellular solution

March 10, 2014 10.47 Europe/London By Chris Dziadul

Amos-5beamSpacecom’s AMOS-5, located at 17 degrees East, is now providing a hybrid satellite-cellular communications solution in Africa.

The solution delivered on AMOS Ku-band capacity enhances the quality of affordable high-speed internet connectivity to a telecom provider in Africa.

Commenting on the development, Eyal Copitt, Spacecom’s senior VP of sales for Africa and Asia and marketing, said: “The AMOS-5 hybrid solution offers greater access to greater bandwidth leading to higher quality of service to a larger group of consumers who are not necessarily located in urban areas. For operators, our cost-effective hybrid solution expands coverage regions, adds bandwidth, enables introduction of new services to more customers and uses existing network infrastructure and channels.”

AMOS-5 was designed and built specifically for the African market with a pan-African C-band beam and three Ku-band beams that cover the continent and provide connectivity to Europe and the Middle East.

The satellite’s 17 degrees East position enables its signal to reach every region in Sub-Saharan Africa.