UUNET Communications Limited (UCL) has entered into partnership with an Italian technology firm, Skylogic, to provide broadband services. UUNET Communications Limited general manager, Robert Mugo, said among the broadband service on offer is the Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP).

UUNET was among the Internet Service Provider (ISP) companies that early this year successfully re-applied and were awarded a modified ISP licence, which includes the mandatory offering of VoIP. Skylogic Italia, which is an affiliate of Eutelsat Communications, provides satellite and uplink facilities, system integration and Internet connectivity.

Mugo said the new partnership between UUNET and Skylogic will enable his firm offer its customers drawn from the aviation, banking, manufacturing, agriculture, hospitality and education sectors an efficient and competitive solution for broadband connectivity, irrespective of their location.

Eutelsat Communications is the holding company of Eutelsat SA, a leading satellite operator in Europe for video and data services. It also provides Fixed Satellite Services.

"Through Eutelsat's satellite capacity, Skylogic Italia can provide excellent coverage over sub-Saharan Africa, which is their primary target market," said Mugo.

He said the technology would also allow his company to use smaller satellite communication equipment, which will mean lower costs for their customers.

Mugo said that it was moving progressively into satellite communication and that it was important for UCL to partner with Skylogic Italia so as to benefit from its experience in satellite broadband services and its state-of-the-art infrastructure, located at its teleport in Turin (Italy).

He said the technology would allow users in this market to connect and communicate directly with the rest of the world even from remote places. "It makes work easier since an enterprise can easily set up a fully technology, which can branch to a remote location," said Mugo.

UUNET will use the new the Internet Protocol based routers from IDirect Technologies to deliver the broadband services.

The East African Standard