GEOLINK AND EUTELSAT LINK UP WITH LA POSTE TO PROVIDE BROADBAND

Internet

Geolink and Eutelsat are backing an initiative by France’s La Poste group to provide Geolink Access, two-way broadband Internet access, to post offices in Africa. Indeed, La Poste has just installed the first two interactive cyberkiosks in Burkina Faso. These will provide a satellite Internet link using the two-way Geolink Access® system. The rollout of this system is part of the programme to support the development of new technologies in developing countries initiated by the Universal Postal Union and financed by the United Nations.

The cyberkiosks are in Burkina Faso’s capital, Ouagadougou, and in Dinare, a rural community 30km from the capital. They provide broadband Internet access via Geolink Access, enabling a high-speed connection entirely via satellite in areas without terrestrial ADSL or cable systems.

Geolink has also helped set up a new cyber-café in Senegal’s Saint-Louis in partnership with Isercom. The system installed will be able to transmit at 128 KBps and receive at up to 2048 KBps. Geolink is positioning itself for the liberalisation of the market in Senegal in July 2004 which it believes will open up greater satellite opportunities.