Liquid Telecom has partnered with Telesat and VT iDirect to enhance access to services to business in Central and Southern Africa. Liquid Telecom will leverage the iDirect platform to distribute cost-effective satellite services, using Telesat Africa-Africa capacity on the Telstar 12 VANTAGE satellite, as part of a multi-year agreement.
Liquid Telecom will deploy iDirect’s Universal Satellite Hub at its teleport in Johannesburg, South Africa, along with the next-generation iQ Desktop remotes to offer better connectivity across both fibre and satellite on a single network for the first time.
The new offering provides a complete, end-to-end solution for VSAT integrators and corporate customers that will deliver more reliable, consistent and cost-effective broadband for users across any network. It also will be available as a managed service offering, enabling enterprise customers access to a range of scalable and secure cloud-based services, such as Microsoft Azure, Microsoft Dynamics 365, Microsoft Office 365, Enterprise Mobility Suite and Windows 10.
“Liquid Telecom is continuing to invest in the very latest satellite technologies, which will help us support the future bandwidth needs of corporate customers,” said Scott Mumford, Liquid Telecom’s Group Managing Executive of Satellite and VSAT. He added that the combination of Telesat’s satellite capacity with Liquid Telecom’s iDirect network and teleport facilities gives them a unique offering that will deliver superior performance and value for businesses across the continent.”
Tom Eaton, the Telesat Vice President for International Sales said that broadband networks continuously strive for lower costs, greater speed, and higher reliability. On his part, David Harrower the Senior Vice President, Global Sales, VT iDirect noted that they are seeing a strong interest in satellite broadband across the enterprise market in Africa, and are thrilled to help Liquid Telecom and Telesat meet this demand with a highly competitive offering.”
Telesat is a global satellite operator with extensive coverage of the EMEA region, and VT iDirect is a world leader in satellite-based IP communications technology.
Liquid Telecom’s satellite and VSAT services have been shortlisted for Best Network Improvement at the 2017 Africacom Awards.