Gilat Satcom to launch fibre-optic routes across Africa

10 July 2013 |


Gilat Satcom is set to launch a number of fibre optic routes next week linking the east and west coast of Africa.

The operator’s existing MPLS network connects to both the WACS and EASSy subssea cables via fibre local loops in Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Namibia and Mozambique.

Gilat Satcom’s marketing director Eran Yoran hinted that the company is seeing growing demand in Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, Somalia, Tanzania and Zambia.

“We are investing heavily so that we can provide businesses in Africa with a fully-redundant extremely stable broadband network with excellent QoS,” he added.

The company is said to be considering launching data centres across Africa targeting oil and gas companies, financial institutions and other large firms.

In Capacity’s recent Satellite Communications Special Report, Gilat also highlighted its strong focus on the M2M segment using a combination of satellite and mobile networks.