VSAT HELPS WEST AFRICAN MOBILE OPERATORS GAIN NEW REVENUE-GENERATING SERVICES

Telecoms

Ghana's Spacefon and Spacetel-Benin will use NMS Communications' AccessGate wireless backhaul optimizer to reduce backhaul expense and bandwidth requirements. It is claimed only will AccessGate help Spacefon and Spacetel-Benin significantly reduce backhaul operating expenses, but, equally important, the product will enable them to cost effectively increase capacity in Ghana and Benin, two of Africa's fastest-growing nations.

Network optimization in fast-growing markets such as Africa is critical, as African GSM networks are growing at an annual rate of 50 percent according to Mobile International Magazine, straining existing satellite and microwave links and causing delays for new service rollouts throughout the continent.

With AccessGate, operators such as Spacetel-Benin and Spacefon are able to increase radio coverage and the revenue generated on these links without increasing the operational expense of the link. "With more than 40 million wireless subscribers in Africa and an annual growth rate of 50%, we have no choice but to increase capacity of our GSM networks as quickly and economically as possible," said Joseph Helayel, Technical Manager, Spacetel-Benin.

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