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FutureSat 4th-6th October

AFRICA IS CONNECTED!

BUT 688.7 MILLION PEOPLE STILL LIVE BEYOND 10KM REACH OF A FIBRE NODE

Source – CTO 2012

In 2014 the inventory of terrestrial fibre transmission networks in Africa totalled 958,901 km (Hamilton Research) and yet in 2014, 56% of the population of Africa still live more than 25 miles beyond the nearest fibre node (FTTH Council Africa)

Satellite communications still provides the only viable connectivity solution for much of Africa • Sparsely populated rural communities will never be economically viable to connect to broadband via fibre • Unlike other connectivity solutions, satellite offers the same broadband speeds regardless of distance from urban infrastructure • Fibre can offer 100% national coverage and can be rapidly deployed with full mobility to support Healthcare, Tourism, Military, Education, Aviation, Maritime and Large Enterprise •  Satellite connectivity integrates seamlessly and supports other technologies to improve mobility, affordability, reliability and national broadband coverage.

Future-Sat-Africa 2016 will deliver an innovative programme combining Keynote speeches, panel discussions, workshops, advisory clinics, private business meetings and high level networking opportunities allowing attendees to tailor their experience to reflect their most pressing demands and objectives. Attendees will include Policy Makers, Regulators and Major ICT End Users from the Military, Oil and Gas, Education, Telecoms and other sectors, across Africa together with a select number of Satellite and Wireless service and infrastructure solution providers, brokers, vendors, consultants and investors who can support key business requirements.

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huawei_logoHuawei is a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider. Driven by responsible operations, ongoing innovation, and open collaboration, we have established a competitive ICT portfolio of end-to-end solutions in telecom and enterprise networks, devices, and cloud computing. Our ICT solutions, products, and services are used in more than 170 countries and regions, serving over one-third of the world's population. With more than 170,000 employees, Huawei is committed to enabling the future information society, and building a Better Connected World.  

abs_logoABS is one of the fastest growing global satellite operators in the world. ABS offers complete range of tailored solutions including broadcasting, data and telecommunication services to broadcasters, service providers, enterprises and government organizations.  ABS operates a global fleet of 6 satellites

including ABS-2, ABS-3A, ABS-4, ABS-6 and ABS-7. ABS-2A was recently launched on 15th June 2016. Its extensive teleport network provides comprehensive coverage to 80% of the world’s population across Africa, Asia Pacific, the Americas, Europe and Middle East, CIS and Russia. ABS has strategic alliances and partnerships with state of the art communication hubs, to deliver the best possible satellite solutions. The new satellite, ABS-8 is under procurement for future deployment. ABS plans to add more satellites over the next 2-3 years to its growing fleet. Headquartered in Bermuda, ABS has offices in the United States, Dubai, South Africa, Germany, Philippines, Indonesia and Hong Kong. 

 

access-partnership_logoSpecialists in market access and public policy Since 1999, Access Partnership has helped some of the world’s leading technology and infrastructure organisations shape policy outcomes and introduce new services and products into previously under-served markets. Our expertise in the areas of government relations and regulatory affairs means we are able to provide our clients with a range of solutions that create the commercial environment they need to flourish. We have developed effective, proprietary and stress-tested processes that we deploy in support of our clients’ government affairs goals. And we succeed, time and again. Our clients include private- and public-sector stakeholders, as well as non-governmental organisations. We are proud of the long-term relationships we have built with each of them.

 

airbus_logoAirbus Defence and Space is one of the three Divisions of the Airbus Group and Europe’s Number 1 defence and space company. It is the world’s second largest space company and one of the top 10 defence companies globally, with revenues of around €13 billion per year and approx. 33,500 employees. The Chief Executive Officer of Airbus Defence and Space is Dirk Hoke.Airbus Defence and Space puts a strong focus on core businesses: Space Systems; Military Aircraft; Communication, Intelligence & Security

Airbus Defence and Space has a total capability in all fields of space systems engineering and manufacture. These encompass all facets of the space industry and include telecommunications and earth observation satellites, manned flight and scientific missions together with their associated ground segment hardware and software.The Airbus Defence and Space heritage in space spans over more than 50 years of successful programmes and involvement in the space industry.

  avanti_logoAvanti connects people wherever they are – in their homes, businesses, in government and on mobiles. Through the HYLAS satellite fleet and more than 180 partners in 118 countries, the network provides ubiquitous internet service to a quarter of the world’s population. Avanti delivers the level of quality and flexibility that the most demanding telecoms customers in the world seek. Avanti is the first mover in high throughput satellite data communications in EMEA. It has rights to orbital slots and Ka-band spectrum in perpetuity that covers an end market of over 1.7bn people. The Group has invested $1.2bn in a network that incorporates satellites, ground earth stations, datacentres and a fibre ring. Avanti has a unique Cloud based customer interface that is protected by patented technology. The Group has three satellites in orbit and a further two fully funded satellites under construction.   china-telecom_logoAbout China Telecom South Africa (Pty) Ltd. (CTSA) Established in 2012 and based in Johannesburg, CTSA commits to establish an Information link that connects Africa with Europe and Asia Pacific Area, especially China. Along with our strategic partners, CTSA provides customers throughout the Africa region with proven global business communication solutions and services. CTSA is in an unrivalled position to serve as the gateway for businesses to expand both into and out of Asia. We provide a comprehensive range of quality solutions and services that enable Chinese businesses to expand into the Africa market. At the same time, we empower African businesses to deliver their Asia strategies through our superb connections in China and neighbouring countries, such as Singapore, Japan, and ASEAN etc. Customized and competitively priced, our integrated communication solutions are tailored to fulfil any global communication need.  

emc_logoEMC (Emerging Markets Communications), which is wholly-owned by Global Eagle Entertainment Inc. (NASDAQ: ENT), is a leading provider of satellite-based connectivity and media to fast-growing, global mobility markets across air, sea and land. Supported by proprietary and best-in-class technologies, EMC and GEE offer a fully integrated suite of rich media content and seamless connectivity solutions that cover the globe. With approximately 1,500 employees and approximately 50 offices on six continents combined, EMC and GEE deliver exceptional service and rapid support to a diverse base of customers around the world.

 

eutelsat_logoAbout Eutelsat Communications Established in 1977, Eutelsat Communications (Euronext Paris: ETL, ISIN code: FR0010221234) is one of the world's leading and most experienced operators of communications satellites. The company provides capacity on 34 satellites to clients that include broadcasters and broadcasting associations, pay-TV operators, video, data and Internet service providers, enterprises and government agencies. Eutelsat’s satellites provide ubiquitous coverage of Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia-Pacific and the Americas, enabling video, data, broadband and government communications to be established irrespective of a user’s location. Headquartered in Paris, with offices and teleports around the globe, Eutelsat represents a workforce of 1,000 men and women from 32 countries who are experts in their fields and work with clients to deliver the highest quality of service. For more about Eutelsat please visit www.eutelsat.com

 

global-tt_logoGlobalTT is a private satellite earth station located in Brussels / Belgium. 100% of operation/control is on a same site (antennas, fiber links, broadband platform, security, support team, NOC, sales team, logistics, software & hardware developers, quality control, 24/7 monitoring, management, stock, etc?) Service focused only on SOHO/SME, industries, NGO's, local ISP / carriers / operators, Oil & Gas companies, etc.

 

gondwana_logoGondwana International Networks is a Pan-African communications service company and one of the largest VSAT Operators in Africa through its operating brands, AfricaOnline and iWayAfrica. The consistently award winning Group with 15 years’ satellite experience, has operations in 10 countries on the continent and offers services in an additional 34 countries via its distributor channel partners.

Gondwana has a multi-satellite approach to provide the widest possible coverage to its customer base across the continent with agreements with Avanti, Intelsat and YahSat amongst others. In July 2016, Gondwana concluded a long-term capacity agreement with Intelsat that enables Virtual Network Operator (VNO) Ku-Band services to telecoms operators and ISPs operated from the first Jupiter Hub in Africa, owned and managed by Gondwana. Known as Source, the VNO service enables smaller operators to buy bulk Ku-Band satellite capacity for creating their own services with only 5Mbps minimum capacity. Gondwana will be unveiling its latest service at FutureSat-Africa, being a new Ku-Band managed satellite service aimed at households and SMEs that will be sold across all iWayAfrica operations and selected distributor partners.

 

inmarsat_logoInmarsat As the industry leader and pioneer of mobile satellite communications, Inmarsat has been powering global connectivity for more than three decades.

We offer an unrivalled portfolio of global satcom solutions and value-added services to keep you connected at all times – whether travelling on land, at sea or in the air. No matter where your business takes you, you can rely on Inmarsat for all your mission-critical communications.

 

intelsat_logoIntelsat operates the world’s first Globalized Network, delivering high-quality, cost-effective video and broadband services anywhere in the world. Intelsat’s Globalized Network combines the world’s largest satellite backbone with terrestrial infrastructure, managed services and an open, interoperable architecture to enable customers to drive revenue and reach through a new generation of network services. Thousands of organizations serving billions of people worldwide rely on Intelsat to provide ubiquitous broadband connectivity, multi-format video broadcasting, secure satellite communications and seamless mobility services. The end result is an entirely new world, one that allows us to envision the impossible, connect without boundaries and transform the ways in which we live.

 

likusasa_logoLikusasa provides a comprehensive range of services and products in the energy, telecommunications, infrastructure, industrial and resources sectors. We have a substantial presence throughout Africa, which enables us to serve our clients in multiple locations with a consistently high level of service. Our project management, engineering, and contracting services span the entire capital project life-cycle from feasibility stage through to operations and maintenance, and we tailor our service offering to meet our clients' commercial requirements. Our approach to projects is both professional and pragmatic, combining specialist engineering skills, an innovative approach to problem solving, and the Likusasa "can-do" commitment to deliver projects under the most difficult conditions. We embrace the challenges offered by the markets that we serve and are constantly developing partnerships and business relationships which allow us to enhance our service offering. Building on its successful track record and solid reputation, Likusasa combines its multi-disciplinary competence, capacity, knowledge, innovative technologies and experience to meet or exceed its customer and partner expectations.

  nuran-wireless_logoNuRAN Wireless NuRAN Wireless (CSE:NUR) is a leading supplier of mobile and broadband wireless solutions. Its innovative GSM, LTE, and White Space radio access network (RAN) and backhaul products dramatically drop the total cost of ownership, thereby creating new opportunities for mobile network operators and internet service providers. The company provides a variety of specialized systems for indoor coverage, rural connectivity in emerging markets, connectivity to offshore platforms and ships, private mobile networks or custom solutions for specific markets such as Internet of Thing (IoT), public safety, emergency or crisis communications.  

signalhorn_logoSignalhorn has the flexibility and expertise to provide customised connectivity when a commodity offer is not available or simply not good enough: • Global connectivity to your Point-of-Sales • Reliable back-up connectivity • Mobile & temporary connectivity worldwide • Satellite uplink & Hosting services • Design & management of specific communication solutions • Secure connectivity worldwide • Robust services for challenging requirements

singtel_logoSingtel Satellite is Asia’s leading provider of one-stop satellite communications and ICT solutions, delivering award winning innovations to meet voice and digital challenges in Fixed and Mobile Satellite segments on both land and at sea. With more than 35 years of collective experience in fixed and mobile satellite services, we can offer customised solutions to meet the varied business needs of industries such as oil and gas, broadcast, energy, maritime, telecommunications, banking and finance, transportation and logistics, government agencies and non-governmental organisations.

skyvision_logoSkyVision’s global-reaching network connects its customers to the Internet backbone with more than ten satellite platforms and a network of high-capacity fiber optic cables, via its gateways in Africa, Europe, North America and the Middle East as well as multiple points of presence (POPs) in Africa. At SkyVsion, local presence is not a slogan, it’s something we believe in and therefore, continuously expand our reach across Africa. The company holds subsidiaries in Nigeria, Senegal, Burkina Faso, Guinea, South Africa and Cameroon while fully supported by a vast network of local partners. Our customer support net includes 24/7 multi-lingual technical assistance centers, a customer service team working around the clock and 2 network European operations centers along with multiple global offices and support depots.  

thuraya_logoAbout Thuraya Telecommunications Company: Thuraya Telecommunications Company is an industry leading MSS operator and a global telecommunication provider offering innovative communications solutions to a variety of sectors including energy, broadcast media, maritime, military and humanitarian NGO. Thuraya’s superior network enables clear communications and uninterrupted coverage across two thirds of the globe by satellite and across the whole planet through its unique GSM roaming capabilities. The company’s diverse range of technologically superior and highly reliable mobile satellite handsets and broadband devices provide ease of use, value, quality and efficiency. Thuraya remains committed to serving humanity through delivering the essential tools for optimal connectivity, never leaving anyone out of reach. Visit: www.thuraya.com

 

unotelos_logoUnoTelos Solutions, an international company based in Lagos, Nigeria, was established in 2004. UnoTelos has offices in Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya and South Africa. The company has grown steadily and established itself by implementing value-adding solutions to their customers. UnoTelos is dedicated to customer success. This is achieved through matching customer needs with solutions implemented by trained professionals using industry leading technologies.Unotelos has a wealth of experience across a vast spectrum of businesses as well as key alliances with globally recognized partners. These allow us to offer and integrate the best of products and solutions that address the customer needs allowing our customers to focus on growing their core business.Adzingamedia, a sister company to Unotelos, has taken the needs of advertisers to recognise a significantly better return on their marketing budgets, the operator’s necessity for a low risk revenue-share model and the end-users requirement for innovative inter-active services, and created a unique service offering based on sustainable growth

UnoTelos Solutions, an international company based in Lagos, Nigeria, was established in 2004. UnoTelos has offices in Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya and South Africa. The company has grown steadily and established itself by implementing value-adding solutions to their customers. UnoTelos is dedicated to customer success. This is achieved through matching customer needs with solutions implemented by trained professionals using industry leading technologies.Unotelos has a wealth of experience across a vast spectrum of businesses as well as key alliances with globally recognized partners. These allow us to offer and integrate the best of products and solutions that address the customer needs allowing our customers to focus on growing their core business.Adzingamedia, a sister company to Unotelos, has taken the needs of advertisers to recognise a significantly better return on their marketing budgets, the operator’s necessity for a low risk revenue-share model and the end-users requirement for innovative inter-active services, and created a unique service offering based on sustainable growth

 

world-telecom_logoWorld Telecom Labs is a leader in the provision of VoIP & SMS switches and Small-Cell solutions with a large installed base in 30+ countries in Africa.

Products include: • Rural Telephony– GSM coverage, voice & data for remote sites. Includes cloud-based billing • VoIP to TDM E1 and STM-1 backbone switches • High density Multi-Service SBC with integral Pre-Paid, IVR & Billing. • SMS Hub High Performance, Cost Effective SMS Hub platform with SMPP & SS7 • Bandwidth cost saving Instant ROI, cuts IP bandwidth for VoIP traffic by 70% - compatible with satellite or fibre networks

As the major STM-1 Switch supplier to the Nigerian IXC market, handling around 5 billion minutes of Nigerian national traffic per annum, WTL has built a well-deserved reputation for providing solutions which are innovative, practical and cost-effective to operators in more than 32 countries across Africa, the Middle East, Asia and South America. In addition to its portfolio for rural connectivity, WTL is a key VoIP player in emerging and established markets. Its award-winning range of VoIP and hybrid VoIP/TDM switches have been specifically designed to replace the huge, expensive, maintenance-heavy switches that have traditionally

yahsat_logoYahsat provides multipurpose satellite solutions (government and commercial) for broadband, broadcast, government, and communications use across the Middle East, Africa, and Europe in addition to Central and South West Asia. Based in Abu Dhabi, UAE, and wholly owned by Mubadala Development Company  PJSC, the investment vehicle of the Government of Abu Dhabi, Yahsat is the first company in the Middle East and Africa to offer multi-purpose satellite services including: 1.YahClick - offers satellite internet for home and business, 2.YahService - offers managed solutions and government capacity, 3. YahLink - offers IP trunking solutions, corporate networking and backhauling capacity, 4. Yahlive – a joint venture between Yahsat and SES, offers premium services to broadcasters and a select choice of TV channels. Yahsat’s first satellite Y1A was successfully launched in April 2011, and the company’s second satellite Y1B was successfully launched in April 2012. Yahsat has announced the manufacturing of its third satellite, Al Yah 3, planned for launch in Q4 2016, extending their commercial Ka-band coverage across additional markets in Africa, which will reach over 60% of the population, as well as its first entry in to Brazil, where it will cover over 95% of the population.  

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