BICS teams with Eutelsat on continuity solution for African telcos

02 November 2016 | James Pearce


BICS has partnered with Eutelsat to deliver satellite-based connectivity solutions for telecoms operators in Africa.

The joint solution is a continuity service that reroutes critical traffic through the best available path when it detects anomalies on the network. 

It combines C-band capacity on the Eutelsat 8 West B satellite with BICS’ teleport in La Ciotat, France, its IP global network and the automated on-demand solution for IP traffic.

BICS’ international network includes direct connections to 100 countries, capacity on 70 submarine cables with 200 landing points, participation in the Intelsat and Eutelsat satellite systems, and 270 bilateral agreements with other operators

“BICS is dedicated to supporting customers across the African continent, particularly the 30% of countries that are landlocked and often depend on poor terrestrial connectivity”, said BICS VP of capacity business unit, operations and customer service, Johan Wouters.

“In countries with limited access to submarine cables, which are often prone to damage or incidents, RouteFlex can also change the way operators use satellite to back up their services.”

It is the latest news from Africa from Eutelsat, which recently announced a capacity agreement that will see it gain access to up to 16 high performance commercial Ka-band spotbeams on Yahsat’s 1B satellite.

“Through this new agreement with BICS, the pan-African footprint of our EUTELSAT 8 West B satellite will step in to provide business continuity for telecom operators and service providers in challenging environments,” said Michel Azibert, Eutelsat chief commercial and development officer.

“Together we are committed to ensuring end-user satisfaction, and this cost-effective, unique on-demand solution will automatically secure customer traffic to protect their services and reputation for Quality of Service.”