SkyVision to improve the level of communication in Africa

By Thandisizwe Mgudlwa


SkyVision has invested in Africa and will be expanding its local presence.


On Monday of this week SkyVision Global Networks Ltd, a leading global provider of IP connectivity over satellite and fibre optic systems, announced in Cape Town, South Africa that it will continue expanding its local presence across Africa.


“And following an intense strategic process, it became clear that in order for SkyVision to keep its position as a major African player offering services specifically designed for the rapidly developing African markets, it will also need to enhance its local presence in key African markets.


Ben Sira stated: “It was clear from day one that if SkyVision was to enhance its market leadership in Africa, the company would have to expand its strong and reliable local presence. I am proud to say that we have made a major leap in this direction over the past year and will continue to do so moving forward into 2013.”


“One of the steps taken to make this happen was to establish a local office and teleport in South Africa. SkyVision South Africa is positioned in a prime tactical position to respond to South African businesses requiring high quality communication services over fibre, wireless and satellite to Africa and from Africa. SkyVision’s new iDirect hub in Johannesburg supports the latest iDX 3.1 iDirect release, and takes full advantage of the Amos 5 satellite with its broad coverage of southern and sub-Saharan Africa both on C Band and Ku Band.


SkyVision has also recently initiated a major expansion into Western Africa with the acquisition of Afinis. This purchase is a natural move for SkyVision and ensures the effective delivery of comprehensive services to new and expanding markets in Francophone Africa. Afinis is seamlessly integrating into SkyVision’s corporate identity in terms of services provided, overall coverage, local presence, and the professional quality of the staff. SkyVision is also leveraging Afinis’ extensive knowledge in corporate market segments, particularly in Oil & Gas, mining and financial services.


In order to support the company’s global reach and local presence approach, SkyVision established VSAT hubs in Nigeria, DRC, Kenya and Zimbabwe. These hubs provide reliable VPN connectivity used by a variety of private companies and government entities to extend their services to areas which are not reached by terrestrial means. These services allow remote communities in Africa to benefit from modern services provided through modern Information Communication and Techonology (ICT) solutions.


SkyVision is able to provide its customers with reliable satellite communication services through utilization of 13 different satellites, and multiple teleports in Europe, the USA, the Middle East and Africa.


Ben Sira added: “SkyVision breaths the African spirit. We are part of the dynamics of Africa and we will continue to enhance our ability to deliver comprehensive satellite communication coverage for Africa. We are proud to be firmly established as one of largest and most dynamic satellite service providers on the continent through our powerful local presence maintained by highly qualified local staff who fully understand local needs.”


Also, the company has also been also shortlisted for the prestigious AfricaCom 2012 award for Best Pan African Initiative.


SkyVision is also a leading global IP telecommunication service provider to emerging markets, offering solutions that combine satellite service platforms with high-capacity fiber optic connections.


Via its gateways in Europe, North America, Africa and the Middle East, the company provides IP connectivity with access to the global Internet backbone, as well as an extensive suite of both customized end-to-end solutions and industry-standard services.


With a network spanning 100 countries, SkyVision’s solutions combine global reach with active local presence and support. SkyVision’s customers include incumbent telecoms, ISPs, cellular operators, global and local enterprises, government entities and NGOs.

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