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Get Ready Africa!
Imagine - Satellite Broadband at Fiber Prices
Satellites are the best technology to reach remote locations, and also places where there aren't enough customers living close together enough to justify the high costs of laying fiber. Need proof? Have you heard of a fiber optic network on Mount Everest?
What if satellite broadband could be offered at prices rivalling fiber capacity? Our research has shown that there the amount of satellite capacity in orbit today would not be enough to meet the demands of the projected Internet growth in Africa.
Internet penetration is the key to unlocking the economic advancements in countries, and the countries in Africa have the largest potential. Over the last decade the race to broadband enable these countries has been led by submarine fiber optic cables such as Seacom, SAT-3, WACS, GLO-1, MainOne, and ACE. These submarine cables breached the shoreline cities of many coastal African countries, but neglected the cities inland and also land locked countries. The last five years has been another race, the race to reach major inland cities. The race is almost completed, and now many major inland cities are connected to to submarine cables. Unfortunately, the cost of broadband inland is 2x and sometime up to 4x of the costs on shore. Fiber does well in dense urban areas where subscribers are within meters to each other. As a result, sub-urban and rural areas have no access to fiber, and have no plans for fiber in the near future due because it is not economically viable. Only 7.2% of the African population lives within 50 Kilometers of coastlines.
At the current rate of bandwidth expansion in sub-urban and rural regions in Africa, the current number of satellites currently in orbit and planned, will not have enough bandwidth to supply the exponential demand.
Africa in Numbers
Foster Economic Growth
To bring low-cost Internet connectivity to inland Africa and Middle East, enabling the wide spread adoption of internet services as a basis for economic growth in African and Middle Eastern economies.
Help people communicate better
To change the way people communicate in the African and Middle Eastern markets by providing satellite capacity at price levels which compete directly with Fiber.
Assist cost-viable market expansion
To combine the advantages of satellite coverage and fiber pricing in order for markets such as mobile broadband, trunking and IP access to expand their markets on a cost-viable basis.
Replace Legacy Technology
Be an attractive substitute to existing microwave point to point links typically used to connect businesses to the internet across Africa. Microwave links cannot move as much data as fiber, who why should they be used?
Traditional Geostationary Communication Satellites typically use one large beam to illuminate a large area. This single beam usually has a capacity of 1 Gbps. Fibersat has smaller beams, so much smaller that we cover the same area with almost 100 beams. Each one of these beams has as much bandwidth as a traditional satellite beam. This gives Fibersat the ability to have up to 100X the bandwidth of a traditional satellite. This means that broadband via Fibersat will cost a tiny fraction of what it costs today. At these prices, future broadband via Fibersat will give future fiber prices a run for its money. That’s only one of advantages we have.
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