Affordable satellite broadband a step closer

Vox Telecom has announced today (13 June 2012) that they have received the first transmission from Y1-B, South Africa’s first Ka-band satellite. This started the countdown towards realising their plan of bringing a more affordable, high-speed satellite broadband service to both rural and urban areas by 1 August 2012, Vox Telecom said in a press statement.

Vox Telecom launched the service last month in conjunction with Abu Dhabi-based company Yahsat under the brand name YahClick. Y1-B is the first satellite of its kind in Africa.

Ka-band satellites transmit many highly focused, overlapping ‘spot beams’, each covering a relatively small area, which allows for access to greater bandwidth at a lower cost.

“We opened the Gauteng spot beam for testing on Monday and received an extremely strong signal, with the remaining spot beams around SA coming online soon” stated Jacques Visser, Vox’s YahClick Project Manager.

“Our focus at the moment revolves around testing the platform ‘in the field’ and to ensure that our technical staff and resellers are fully trained and ready to start installing the product when we officially launch the product on the 1st of August.”

Although the service is expected to provide reliable backup for urban broadband users who may occasionally lose transmission due to cable theft or loss of signal, Vox Telecom’s first objective is to provide much-needed high-speed bandwidth to rural businesses and communities.

“66% of our @lantic customers live in isolated areas, which led us to believe that there is a significant, untapped market for more affordable and diverse Internet services in rural communities,” Visser said.

Vox has previously announced that the YahClick service will comprise of a range of packages, starting with a basic plan priced at under R200 per month, to more comprehensive business packages that allow for faster downloads and greater data usage.

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