Internet News - In Brief


- Spacecom, the AMOS satellite fleet operator, today announced that the AMOS-5i satellite has reached its °17E orbital position and has begun commercial service. With

clients from Africa, Europe and the Middle East already on board, the AMOS-5i satellite enables Spacecom to start serving the growing African market with C-band and Ku-band capacity. AMOS-5i is an interim satellite that will be seamlessly succeeded in its orbital position by AMOS-5 once it commences operations, scheduled for mid-2011. The AMOS-5i satellite’s 20 36MHz and 4 72MHz C-band transponders plus 9 54MHz Ku-band transponders, make it a powerful platform offering a pan-African C-band beam connecting Europe and the Middle East alongside two Ku-band regional beams. The AMOS-5 satellite will further expand Spacecom’s footprint in Africa thanks to its 14 72MHz and 4 36MHz C-band transponders and 18 72MHz Ku-band transponders.

- New Artel Rwanda has said that it will deliver the high data rate Internet access from Seacom's undersea fibre-optic cable through the national backbone. The government-owned Internet Service Provider (ISP) had planed to land the submarine cable to Rwanda through Uganda Telecom's Point-of-Presence (POP), Rwandatel. Officials said that it was discovered that Rwandatel does not have the capability of delivering the 155 Mbs capacity, something that caused delays in the implementation of the project.

- Following in the footsteps of American and European online marketing strategies, an African website has been set up to allow fans to support up and coming artistes of their choice. The strategy employed by is a first of its kind and might see a new music order in terms of circumventing piracy and exposing up and coming African artists internationally. Already there are three Zimbabwean acts in the project namely, Victor Kunonga, Bongo Love and Africa Destiny. Fans can log on to the website, find an artist of their liking, elect the amount with which they would like to support the artist.

- Newtec has announced that its FlexACM technology – which on average doubles satellite link capacity – is the system behind Gateway Communications’ flagship continent-wide internet backbone service, Africa IPJetDirect. Gateway Communications, which has the largest pan-African communications network with customers in 40 countries, successfully launched IPJetDirect last year using C band and Ku band satellites to deliver IP services to mobile phone operators in Africa. Newtec’s DVB-S2 VCM and DVB-S2 FlexACM technologies have been deployed on several platforms across the African continent to ensure maximum bandwidth efficiency and allow Gateway to make best use of the scarce satellite capacity over Africa.