Mobile Telecommunications Limited (MTC), a mobile telecommunications company and internet service provider in Namibia, announced the commercial launch of Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) communications technology.
Connectivity in African conditions remains a challenge, in Namibia more so challenging given the vast infrastructural inequalities between regions, towns, villages, and settlements, the company said. "MTC’s VSAT technology will enable the customer in remote areas with little to no internet connectivity to have internet access and be able to communicate with colleagues, family, and friends and as well as to improve services dependent on connectivity," the largest mobile carrier in Namibia said.
"The new service makes it possible to provide broadband internet services in rural areas not covered by its wireless and fixed broadband networks via a satellite connection. VSAT further provides mobile backbone services where MTC does not have terrestrial links to service mobile towers," it explained.
Four packages are available offering down/upload speeds ranging from 1Mbps/256kbps for NAD5,999 (USD419) a month to 8Mbps/2Mbps (NAD5,999).
The customer will get a free WI-FI router and a Voice over broadband (VoBB) extension with 100 free calling Minutes (out of bundle rates apply). Promotion is until stock last, it said.
MTC Chief Commercial Officer Melvin Angula said: "VSAT connectivity continues to play a critical role in remote connectivity and backhaul of sites for MTC. MTC is desirous to meet the growing need to carry more data, driven by shifts from traditional ways of interaction, communication, and collaboration to novel ways, particularly social and multimedia-based means. There is a big push to take broadband services everywhere including remote places and therefore push for a cost-effective and reliable bandwidth that support these needs."