Globecast Extends West African Reach with Sonatel PoP Partnership


Globecast has announced that it has extended its reach in West Africa via a new PoP partnership with Senegalese telco Sonatel. Sonatel is headquartered in Dakar with the company serving additional local markets including Mali, Guinée Bissau and Guinée.

The PoP – which in this case is operating as an access (in/out) point to Globecast’s international network dedicated to the backhauling of audiovisual services – is located in Dakar. It’s physically connected via fibre to Globecast’s Parisian hub. The partnership is ideally positioned, from both business and technology perspectives, to attract local and international broadcasters or production centres that need to backhaul signals to or from Senegal for onwards cable, MMDS, satellite or OTT distribution.

Lionel Antoine, Globecast’s African Sales Manager, says, “This is an important step in increasing our reach in West Africa, facilitating the easy and cost-effective distribution of content. It allows us to connect customers directly via fibre at their Senegalese premises without any investment in an earth station or in space segment, which until now has been used for backhaul from Senegal. These economic and technical benefits can then be passed on to our customers.”

Globecast is providing its Platinum 1+1 service, providing a high level of resiliency by transmitting signals twice through two diverse routes, offering additional security and service availability.

Source: Company Press Release  17 July 2014