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Arabsat And Sweden’s Forsway To Offer Satellite Broadband In Africa

Arabsat’s BADR-7. Image courtesy of Astrium.

Arabsat, one of the world’s leading satellite operators, and Forsway Scandinavia AB, a global specialist in providing innovative satellite broadband solutions, have announced the deployment of affordable satellite broadband services across Africa under the new Arabsat Broadband package. In their first collaboration for Africa, the partners have teamed up to create a managed resource to deliver highly affordable broadband based on Arabsat capacity and hardware from Forsway. The regional service model was designed and implemented by satellite services consultants at Developing Infrastructure.

In partnering to provide broadband to underserved regions, the companies are bringing together the unique combination of resources and expertise to help foster growth across the continent. Internet services will provide critical access to community services, education, health information, business opportunities, entertainment, and more.

The Arabsat Broadband model will enable increased capacity for broadband and minimizing network congestion to provide great customer experience with faster internet access, at reduced costs. The joint service model is powered by Forsway customer premises equipment, and Arabsat’s BADR-7 satellite to enable connectivity in both hard-to-reach and urban areas  in the Middle East and most of Africa. “said Wael Mohammed Al Buti, Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer of Arabsat.

Tobias Forsell, CEO of Forsway, said,” We are excited to be working with Arabsat, a leading satellite operator, to create a new way of delivering highly cost-effective broadband services in Africa. Tapping Forsway’s hybrid technology, we are helping Arabsat Broadband Services enable rapid deployment of robust, satellite-based internet services and eliminate the need to deploy costly additional infrastructure. The Forsway Odin F-50 technology is furnishing Arabsat Broadband Services with a competitive, low-cost alternative to VSAT for the new Arabsat Broadband service model and offering.”

“The satellite industry needs to look for new markets, products, and services in order to compete,” said Travis Mooney, Principal Consultant of Developing Infrastructure. “Innovative companies like Arabsat see that there are different services that can be brought to market, expanding their portfolio, and enter into completely new verticals. Arabsat Broadband will do just that – expand access to the Internet and better the lives of its users.”

Forsway Scandinavia AB provides innovative solutions for combining satellite with existing terrestrial technologies – enabling broadband services for the large demographics of users in emerging markets lacking reliable internet access. Forsway’s unique technology eliminates the need to deploy additional network infrastructure, creating significant time and cost savings for operators and service providers.

Developing Infrastructure is a telecoms and services consultancy group with focus on the developing world. They have decades of experience of doing business in Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and Latin America. Their network of local partners provides presence and capability in over 140 countries on six continents.

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