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If ICT is the key to unlocking Africa’s full potential, socially and economically, Communication Networks are the roadmap to finding the lock!

The biggest challenge to providing universal access to socio-economic development in Africa is in providing people with affordable, reliable and ubiquitous access to ICT. Depending on their circumstance, people have many different requirements ranging from:

• Access to basic services which enable significant improvements to their daily lives
• High-Speed uninterrupted access that enables video, social media, OTT to demanding digital citizens and mission critical services for international businesses
• Mobile access that enables remote and mobile workers who need connectivity to move with them.
• Secure networks that allow sensitive and confidential information to be communicated in confidence
• Communication Service Providers, Large Enterprise, Governments and the Third Sector each face differing challenges in provisioning networks that will provide their stakeholders with access to ICT and enable fulfilment of their objectives

Today, Satellite provides Mobile Backhaul, Push Data Services, Linear and Non-Linear TV, Converged Media, Broadband Services, Many M2M Services. By 2025 over 100 High Throughput Satellite Systems will be in orbit delivering Terabits of connectivity across the World using Ku and Ka bands.
C-band Satellite alone is essential in the delivery of key services:


FutureSat Africa is an initiative conceived by the global satellite industry key players with the intention of bridging the relationship between Satellite and Terrestrial service and technology providers. While the summit showcases developments in the satellite sector, it invites input from the fibre, mobile and wireless industries and brings policy makers, regulators, Network Operators and major end users together to reveal the challenges and highlight the opportunities presented when key industry players collaborate for the greater good.

FutureSat Africa is a two-day, high impact agenda driving positive interaction between high-level attendees from across Africa. Ministers, Regulators, Communication Service Providers and Major End Users from across Africa along with a carefully selected number of international Solution Providers.

The innovative programme incorporates Case Study keynote Presentations, Working Groups (on Policy, Regulation and Broadcasting), Panel discussions, Round Table and Workshop sessions. Networking and interaction. The primary objectives of the summit are to support deal making, solution sourcing and strategy defining.

FutureSat Programme at a glance


Eventbrite - Future-Sat Africa 28th to 29th June 2017 "Smarter Networks"


China Telecom is one of the world's largest full telecommunications service providers. Its subsidiary China Telecom Global Limited is responsible for the international business development through its global network platform, offering world-class integrated communications services to telecommunications service providers, MNCs and overseas Chinese. China Telecom (Africa and Middle East) Limited, as the regional headquarters in the Africa and Middle East (MEA) region, has dedicated significant resources to expand its network capabilities to maintain a consistently high level of service and improved accessibility, as well as the SMART and ICT solutions to boost the city & economy development in MEA.
Hughes Network Systems, LLC (HUGHES) is the world’s leading provider of satellite broadband solutions and services delivering innovative network technologies and managed services to enterprises and governments globally. Hughes maintains approximately 50 percent share of the VSAT market. Hughes owns and operates service businesses in the U.S., Europe, India, and Brazil, delivering continent-wide Hughes broadband satellite and terrestrial connectivity. HughesNet® is the #1 consumer high-speed satellite Internet service in the marketplace with active users now numbering over one million in North America, making Hughes the largest provider of high-speed satellite Internet access. Around the globe, Hughes supplies authorized service providers, government organizations, and businesses with advanced broadband systems and terminals. Hughes JUPITER™ High Throughput System (HTS) is the leading choice to power broadband services by HTS operators around the world. Hughes designs and manufactures products including satellite Network Operations Centers (NOCs) and gateways; broadband satellite terminals; and mobile satellite network infrastructure, handhelds and high-speed IP data terminals. Headquartered outside Washington, D.C., in Germantown, Maryland, USA, Hughes operates sales and support offices worldwide. Hughes is a wholly owned subsidiary of EchoStar Corporation (NASDAQ: SATS).
NuRAN Wireless, with its wholly owned subsidiary Nutaq Innovation, 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 specialist systems for indoor coverage, rural and urban connectivity in emerging markets, connectivity to offshore platforms and ships, and for emergency and crisis communications.
NuRAN is a member of the Telecom Infra Project (TIP) initiated by Facebook. The Company is an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) and distributor of Connect-1 SDR, OpenCellular’s first open source platform. NuRAN was also retained by Facebook for the development of the front-end section of the LTE version of the Connect-1 base station.
Intelsat 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.
Avanti 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.
Established in 1977, Eutelsat Communications is one of the world's leading and most experienced operators of communications satellites. The company provides capacity on 39 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 37 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
World 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 been used to transfer VoIP traffic onto other networks.
Newtec is specialized in designing, developing and manufacturing equipment and technologies for satellite communications. As a pioneer in the industry, Newtec is dedicated to creating new possibilities for the broadcast, consumer and enterprise VSAT, government and defense, cellular backhaul and trunking and mobility, offshore and maritime markets. Our products and technologies can be applied in a wide range of single and multiservice applications from DTH broadcasting, video contribution and distribution and disaster recovery and backbones for cellular backhauling, to small and medium enterprises, SCADA and oil and gas networks, aircrafts and vessels.
About YahClick YahClick is Yahsat’s high-speed satellite broadband service, and is the leading satellite broadband Ka-band service across the Middle East, Africa, Central and South West Asia. YahClick’s footprint, which includes Pakistan, covers 28 countries and delivers satellite broadband to a wide range of sectors, including NGOs, government, finance and IT. YahClick’s connections are more reliable and much faster than traditional internet technologies, and bypass fixed line infrastructure, resulting in easier deployment. Above all, YahClick provides coverage over vast regions, irrespective of population density or remoteness.
iDirect is a global leader in IP-based satellite communications providing technology and solutions that enable partners to optimize networks, differentiate services and expand businesses. Our product portfolio combines innovative technology and solutions to support all networking requirements for bandwidth, location, satellite frequency, topology or application. Our technology is a key driver in evolving the VSAT market; iDirect changed the market by transforming the business proposition for operators, lowering TCO and raising operating efficiencies. Now the world’s largest TDMA enterprise VSAT manufacturer, iDirect is the leader in key industries including maritime, mobility, military/government and satellite backhaul. For more information please visit www.idirect.net