Gateway Communications steps up African terrestrial network initiative


The Pan-African telecoms service supplier, Gateway Communications, announced Wednesday that it had brought additional capacity from submarine cable SAT-3 to landlocked Botswana via South Africa, under its Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) initiative.

Customers can now access high speed, reliable connectivity, which will help to improve Botswana’s economic sectors, including mining, tourism and agriculture.

Gateway also revealed that more routes were being added to the networks already created in Zambia and Malawi during the initial phase of its terrestrial network initiative.

A new path, utilising both SAT-3 and SEACOM connectivities, has been developed to provide Zambia with a fully-redundant path through Zimbabwe.

“During the next few months, Gateway will be extending its terrestrial network by deploying another link into Malawi through the eastern border town of Mulanji. Under the next step of the project, Gateway aims to bring additional capacity to Mauritius by connecting the island via SAFE to a neutral data centre facility in South Africa and then onward to Europe via EASSy and SAT-3,” said the telecoms firm.

The link will connect Mauritius to Africa and allow the country to connect internationally using Gateway’s pan-African MPLS network and international peering stations in London, UK.

“Through this innovative project, we will make sure that the benefits of high speed services are available to everyone using our pan-African network,” commented Mike van den Bergh, CEO of Gateway Communications, adding: “This brings us closer to our goal of ensuring that every country in Africa has access to cost-effective and reliable capacity.”