Eutelsat Communications, a French-based satellite provider, on Monday announced its new 'IP Easy' broadband platform built to extend high-speed Internet access to residential and home office users as well as small and medium-sized enterprises across sub-Saharan Africa.
Using the Ku-band capacity on the recently-launched EUTELSAT 16A satellite, as well as Sat3Play technology from Newtec (Belgium), a developer of satellite communications products, IP Easy is available in a service area stretching from the Gulf of Guinea to Madagascar. The service delivers downlink speeds of up to 4Mbps and can be configured to support VoIP and satellite reception of TV channels in triple play mode, says Eutelsat (Paris).
The selection of Newtec's Sat3Play product, which uses Point&Play self-installation, also enables end users to autonomously install the complete system with no specific qualification needed or expensive tooling.
The hub for IP Easy is located at Eutelsat's teleport in Sardinia (Italy) which has been developed to provide broadband services for users in Africa thanks to its location in the south of Europe. The teleport benefits from direct access to the Internet backbone via key Points of Presence in Europe.
"IP Easy responds to pent-up demand for broadband from the many users beyond terrestrial networks and adds a new layer of diversity to our portfolio of services for the African continent," says Jean-François Leprince-Ringuet, commercial director at Eutelsat.