Fighting digital divide in Rural Africa with Satmotion and Alusat
December 17, 2020
MSTelcom, a telecommunications company based in Angola, is fighting against the digital divide in rural Africa, providing connectivity to rural Angola. MSTelcom has successfully deployed a large network across Angola supported by ST Engineering iDirect’s Evolution platform.
The deployment was surprisingly quick thanks to the Integrasys VSAT Auto-Commissioning tool, Satmotion Pocket, which enhances the delivery, commissioning, and maintenance of VSAT services, while also minimizing Operating Expenses (OPEX), time to market and interferences. The combination between the iDirect Evolution platform and Satmotion Pocket made the deployment not only an easier and more accurate process but also a high-quality result.
MSTelcom is a company that is fully committed with the African market needs in the long-term; therefore, they also use Alusat, the VSAT Network Maintenance System, developed by Integrasys. This technology solution perfectly meets MSTelcom requirements, as they need to be efficient managing their remote sites and their SLAs. Alusat enables the possibility of maintaining VSAT remotely without visiting the installations and assuring an accurate performance over the time.
The smart satellite network tool provider Integrasys works side by side with leading companies within the telecommunications and satellite industry, such as ST Engineering iDirect and MSTelcom, which are two benchmark companies in their respective businesses.
Agostinho Kimpa Mungongo Kusseiala, Satellite Deputy Team Leader from MSTelcom said: ‘’It was a pleasure working with Integrasys on having this great solution in our network. We think that from now our goals will be achievable as expected and in record time. Among other achievements we expect to:
· Continue to meet our SLAs
· Reduce remote activation time
· Conduct faster performance site measurements
· Reduce international calls (to satellite space segment providers) for support
· Reduce OPEX significantly (due to less remotes site visits)
For us, working with Integrasys is expected to be a partnership rather than a client-supplier relationship. Working together proved to be a great experience’’.
Hannes Hattingh, Sales Director Africa, from ST Engineering iDirect said: “The iDirect Evolution platform is designed to work with third party systems that support and enable faster, accurate and cost-effective deployment of remotes. Satmotion Pocket is optimized for use on Evolution and streamlines the commissioning process, enabling installers to autonomously line-up antennas and eliminating the need for hub-side coordination and back-channel communications. Post installation, the Alusat system enables MSTelcom to centrally monitor all their VSATs to ensure optimal performance.”
Alvaro Sánchez, CEO, from Integrasys said: ‘’For us, working in Africa with MSTelcom is a great honor, supporting their effort of bridging the digital divide. We are glad to partner with ST Engineering iDirect in this business and many more’’.