iSat Africa takes capacity on Yamal-402 satellite for Central Africa

Monday, September 22nd, 2014
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During the conference in Kenya “Gazprom Space Systems” and iSAT Africa signed the Contract

East Africa Com, held in Nairobi (Kenya) annually, is the regional conference where communication operators from Eastern Africa region assemble to discuss the directions for development of the industry. During the conference, GSS representatives directed negotiations with participants from the most important operators of this region. There was reached agreement on cooperation development and signed a contract with iSAT Africa, whereunder iSAT Africa (iSAT) will use capacity on Yamal-402 Southern Beam for the operation of the network being deployed in Democratic Republic of Congo and the rest of the Central African countries.

Dmitriy Sevastiyanov, GSS Director General, commented: “We are glad to welcome a new African partner on board our satellite. Gazprom Space Systems counts on a fruitful and long-term cooperation with such a well-known company as iSAT Africa.”

Santosh Sakpal, Technical Manager of iSAT added: “Yamal-402 satellite perfectly meets our requirements due to its high power and the wide Ku-band coverage zone, allowing us to use it for the small regional networks as well as for pan-African VSAT networks in Sub Sahara region. We are planning to further develop our services on this satellite and are very interested in the extension of our partnership.”

iSAT Africa, a subsidiary of Wananchi Group (Wananchi), is a leading player in satellite communications and broadcasting in Africa. Its main services include internet & data via satellite, TV & Radio broadcasting, telemedicine, video conferencing, distance learning, e-governance, trunking solutions and turnkey solutions.

Gazprom Space Systems, is a Russian satellite operator whose spacecraft now consists of three satellites: Yamal-202 (49E), Yamal-300K (90E) and Yamal-402 (55E). Yamal-402 satellite, constructed by Thales Alenia Space, was launched on the 8th of December 2012 and has four fixed Beams (European, Northern, Russian and Southern) and one Steerable Beam.