Flexible, cost-effective GSM service for underserved areas at AfricaCom 2012


RascomStar, the pan-African Satellite Operator and its partner, ViaSat Inc., a satellite and mobility communications company, ran a live demonstration of their innovative cellular service during this international show.

Thanks to a low-power GSM site, visitors could talk to the world through RASCOM-QAF1R satellite (RQ1R) from their common AfricaCom booth. ViaSat and RascomStar’s wholesale managed service provides both voice and data connectivity to Mobile Operators to address Africa’s underserved communities. AfricaCom was a great opportunity to showcase the performance of this advanced system.

RascomStar and ViaSat are making a difference by delivering, for the first time, profitable and sustainable GSM/3G voice, messaging and data services over bandwidth efficient, low-power infrastructure to hitherto unserved areas. Operators can therefore increase their profits and limit their risks using this innovative, low-cost service billed only by the effective minutes of usage.