Satellite internet for Africa

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Dish pointing in Sudan and Ethiopia
Africa VSAT installers
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Internet via satellite, email and VoIP access connection via direct two-way customer dish terminals have been possible for over 10 years years in Africa following a maturing of VSAT technology and the building of large teleport hub dishes for service into Africa. Fast web downloads, email, ftp file transfers and streaming video and audio are achieved with speeds of typically up to one or more Mbit/s, using a share of a high bandwidth connection from a large hub station with a rate of up to 36 Msym/s (like digital sat TV DVB-S or -S2 signal). African satellite internet capacity is normally shared.  Services for home and small office users have higher sharing ratios, but are lower cost than services for business or internet café users where dedicated or low ratio sharing is the rule. Service providers have tariff options for various bit rates and Mbytes transferred. Email and internet web browsing are the usual intended use. For applications requiring substantial uploading of data or for real time two way video or VoIP ask about higher price options and feasibility.

Satellite connection is available via the beam maps and service providers shown below. Scroll all the way down this page to find all suitable providers.  Ask for initial equipment price plus monthly costs for different peak bit rates and total amounts of Mbytes downloaded.  C band refers to 4 - 6 GHz operation. Ku refers to 11-12 - 14 GHz operation. C band needs generally a larger dish, but suffers less from heavy rain. For some densely populated places along the North Africa coast there is Ka band coverage using the European Tooway service, see: European Tooway satellite service

Read my text summary for each provider.  Click on emails where your location matches the coverage maps. Explain your requirements and ask for current prices and confirm technical details. Alternatively, you may click here to Email all service providers on this page

Africa coverage maps below
VSAT companies serving Africa

DSD Telecom: iDirect internet par satellite en Afrique

Basée à Paris, cette société offre un service dans toute l'Afrique en utilisant trois couvertures comme indiqué. Dans chaque cas, la technologie iDirect est offert mais l'ADSL par satellite, le SCPC/SCPC et les technologies de réseaux maillés..

DSD fournit des services VSAT depuis 1998.
L'entreprise est un choix attrayant pour les clients francophones. Lire les revues sur ce site:
version anglaise ou la version française.

Contact: Tel: +33 (0)1 83 64 59 16   Web:

AMOS 5 C band footprint
 C band iDirect service on AMOS 5 at 17 East.

Also, C band on Africasat 1A and Intelsat 25.

Yahsat 1A C band footprint
C band premium SCPC/SCPC and low contention ratio iDirect service on Yahsat 1A at 52.5 East.
Yamal 402 Ku band footprint
Ku band iDirect service in Ku band Yamal 402 at 54.9 East.

Also, Ku band on T11N, Astra 4A and E70.5B

BusinessCom | Internet via Satellite services for all Africa region.

For SOHO, Enterprise, Internet Cafe and Calling Centers, Wireless ISP and Hot Spots, VoIP Termination Carriers and more.

No FAP, no throttling, no hidden fees, smart bandwidth management, dedicated technical support and personalized service - this is what BusinessCom services are. Features include:

. iDirect, LinkStar, DVB-S2, SCPC and FR platforms - shared and dedicated links of any possible configuration
. Ready to support business-class VoIP and Videoconferencing, VPN (IPSec), Mesh topology and more..
. Individual QoS setup per each VSAT system to make sure your own applications traffic are prioritized
. SLA with 98.2%+ annual network uptime guaranteed and more
. Immediate Spare Parts Replacement Warranty option, in-country Installation and Maintenance options
. Ability to connect with your own equipment, flexible migration deals, APO delivery.
. Free VoIP phone and calls to the USA.

BusinessCom are primarily using the NewSkies satellite, NSS-12, for Africa nowadays, and are ffering a full gamut of dedicated DVB-S2, iDirect and SCPC services. C band offers the most reliable service during rain,

Contact: to inquire for more information and prices...

NSS12 satellite beam footprint
Regions and Countries covered (but not limited to):  All Africa: Ghana, Nigeria, Cameroon, Gabon, Libya, Ethiopia.

Bentley Walker : Hughes HX50 and iDirect services

Telstar 11N  ( 37.5 deg west ):  Hughes HX50 and iDirect Evolution X3 technologies.

Eutelsat W3A ( 7 deg east ): Hughes HX50 and iDirect Evolution X3 technologies.

Eutelsat W2A ( 10 deg east ): C band :  iDirect  Evolution X3 technology.

Further C band services are planned on AMOS 5, when launched.

Telstar 11N Ku-band beam footprint
Hughes HX50 and iDirect Evolution X3 service on Telstar 11N at 37.5 west.
Eutelsat W3A Ku-band beam footprint
Hughes HX50 and iDirect Evolution X3 service on Eutelsat W3A at 7 east.
W2a C-band beam footprint
iDirect Evolution X3 service in C band throughout Africa on Eutelsat W2A.

Various grades of service plus special quality of service controls and advanced proprietary TCP/IP compression to give faster downloads compared with unprocessed feeds, plus customer access to traffic monitoring system.

Click here to email: or phone now 00 44 2392 311 103 (ref:satsig)

WAFA - Your gateway to high speed internet.

WAFA offer high speed VSAT satellite internet access services on both Telstar 11N (at 37.5 west) and Eutelsat W3A at 7 west, using HughesNet HX equipment.

Special limited time offer: FREE HX 50 or FREE iDirect X3 VSAT kit. Terms and conditions apply.
Also Change-over offer: from DW7000s to HX 50 for FREE . Terms and conditions apply.

Tell WAFA where you are located and explain what services you require. They have a range of tariffs to match your requirements, from single user to large business / community ISP etc.  Accepting all major credit cards for any transactions.

For complete details email:

Telstar 11N beam footprint
Telstar 11N beam.

Eutelsat W3A beam coverage
Eutelsat W3A beam.

The Telstar 11N satellite, at 37.5 west longitude, provides coverage from Senegal, through Nigeria to Southern Africa. Eutelsat W3A, at 7 east, provides the same, plus the eastern coast of Africa, Madagascar and Mauritius. Typical dish size is 1.2m diameter. Ask about dish size if you are near the beam edge, where a larger dish may be recommended.

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Operations in Ku-band

Teleport dishes

Pink line Teleport
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Customer VSAT dishes are typically 1.2m diameter with up to 61 PCs connected. is an operator with their own ground station in Brussels - Belgium

Service: SkyOne-IP over West Africa (IS-1r). Regular Internet service, Ipsky2e over the Central and South of Africa (IS-10). Fixed usage:  Private users, Soho/Sme Corporate, UN, NGOs, ISP's...

Bandwidth available in shared access (5:1)
. 2Mbps max Receive and 128kbps max transmit with a small 1.2m parabolic antenna.
. Many different type of subscription from a Quota to Shared to Unlimited.
. Leased line or dedicated line also available.


 Mesh or intercom
 Public static IP

 All-in-a-Box appliance
 (mail, FW, DNS..server)

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Intelsat 10 service area operate their own teleport with 155Mbps and 34Mbps backbone connectivity.

Coverage examples:
[ IS-10 ] DRC, Congo, South Africa, Angola, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Mozambique, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, Madagascar, South Africa.

[ IS-1R ] Senegal, Mali, Niger, Burkina, Sierra-Leone, Liberia, Ghana, Guinéa, Gambia, Mauritania.

Read about their Satnet-IP service for DRC and Africa

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MM Telcom Corp. New York, USA    Reliable communications since 1991.
One stop shopping for equipment and service.
American service for Business, Enterprise, NGO's, educational or Government use to all of Africa. Providing high speed internet (9.0 meg downlink, 4.2 meg uplink) quality VoIP, video, distant learning and multi-casting capabilities.
Two way broadband internet via satellite by direct access connection to/from New York.  Shared or dedicated C band service.  TDMA or SCPC. You may extend your network up to 12 km radius by using our next generation Wi-Fi equipment (protocol 802.11) or 40 km using WiMax (802.16)
Running VOIP? Now you can run full E1 (30 lines) using only 128k! (4k per voice)
No download quota or limits.  Best warranty ever: if equipment is down then your monthly billing is stopped.
24/7 tech support engineers in USA and Europe.  Read what our customers think about us: References

For further details >  or 516-608-8464


Bus equipped with satellite internet dish
Our tour Africa VoIP bus with dish

Africa beam footprint
All Africa, Middle East and Europe.
C band on 1.8m dish

New Era Systems - Africa service
New Era Systems operate direct from their own International Teleport, located in Miami, Florida.   The Teleport provides connection for C-Band Africa coverage on PAS1R, Intelsat 707 and 907.   All make use of cross strapped transponders so that the hub operates in the N. America beam while your VSAT dish operates in the Africa coverage beam.
Installations requiring high volume connections of >1MB will find cost savings by installing the larger 3.8m or 4.5m antennas.   Although these antennas cost more to purchase and ship, there will be savings on the re-occurring monthly bandwidth cost that will compensate for the higher initial cost.  

Cyber Cafes, ISP's, telephone companies and corporate offices all use VSAT communication for more efficient operation and increased profit. The equipment division of New Era will sell and install a VSAT system exactly designed for a client's needs.
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VSAT dish installation
2.4m C band terminal

For more details click on map
Intelsat 907 coverage
PanAmSat 1R at 45 west is also available and provides good coverage of North West Africa.

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Operations in C-band

Teleport dishes

Pink line Teleport
Pink line

Customer VSAT dishes are typically 2.4m diameter. is a leading provider with Teleport ground station in Brussels - Belgium

Service: SkyOne-IP and SkyOne-Pro over All Middle-East, north Africa, Central Europe and central Asia but also Caribbean  Fixed usage:  Private users, Soho/Sme Corporate, UN, NGOs, ISP's...

. 4.5Mbps max Receive and 256kbps max transmit with a small 2.4m parabolic antenna.
. Many different type of subscription from a Quota to Shared to Unlimited.

Leased line or dedicated line also available.
. Different type of lease line: fully dedicated, bandwidth on demand (BoD) or slow trigger BoD.


 Mesh or intercom
 Public static IP

 All-in-a-Box appliance
 (mail, FW, DNS..server)

Click to send email

AB-3 satellite beam map

GT&T have their own teleport with 155Mbps and 34Mbps backbone connectivity.

Coverage examples: Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Angola, Zaire, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Mozambique, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, Madagascar, South Africa, Caribbean, Guyana, Venezuela.

Global Broadband Solution

GBS specialise in the design and the supply of integrated solutions in the satellite and wireless telecommunication field.  They provide turn-key and tailor-made solutions for projects of any size. They use BT's Teleport facility at Martlesham, UK,  to host their own VSAT iDirect hub and equipments providing internet services to Africa.   They are also in partnership with Intelsat and Satlynx and their technical staff to install C-Band services everywhere in Africa.  ViperSat is another partner, offering a technologically advanced infrastructure products, providing bandwidth-efficient and scalable solutions.

For urban concentrations, GBS are installing WiMAX wireless infrastructure for internet and intranet access. GBS operate with Alvarion wireless products using the 3.5 GHz and 5.8 GHz frequency bands.  To provide African customers with reliable international telecommunications at a very low cost, GBS has developed a VoIP platform providing quality international phone calls in regions where remote Internet access sites will have been set up.

They have a dynamic, motivated team working using the most modern management and file follow-up methods.   They take a pride in personal contact with customers.

More information or email:

IS 904 C band beam

PAS-10 Ku band beam

 C band and Ku band beam coverages includes Ghana, Togo, Benin,  Nigeria, Gabon, Congo RDC, Angola, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Mozambique, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, Madagascar and South Africa.

IsoTropic Networks

IsoTropic Networks have their own teleport hub in Wisconsin, USA, and offer a full range of services with the 3000, 5000, 7000 and 8000 series of iDirect customer routers, to suit all requirements: large or small business, community ISP, internet cafe, oil and gas, multi-nationals, governmental, banks and private users.

Isotropic teleport They provide 24/7 support with either fully managed iDirect service or, if you wish, hosting of your own iDirect VNO hub, so you may manage your network and your local end user VSAT sites yourself.

For more details email them at
Their website is here:

Telstar 11N Ku band beam pattern
iDirect service is available in this Telstar 11N high power Ku band Africa beam

Afrikanet - Oxford Consultech

This company provides VSAT internet connection by satellite from Europe, wherever you are in Africa using 1.2m, 1.8m or 2.4m diameter dishes. Availability is in both C-Band and Ku band

C-Band: iDirect Infinity Series 3100 or 5100 modems or iDirect Evolution X3 on the Intelsat IS-903 or the SES WORLDSKIES NSS-12.   Comtech SCPC, suitable for business, is available on C band.

Ku band: iDirect Infinity Series 3100 or iDirect Evolution X3 DVB-S2 modems on the TELSTAR T-11N.

For more details, including current prices, please email: 

United Kingdom:  Oxford   Tel: 00 44 1865 408 365   Fax: 00 44 207 900 6479
France:  Bouray sur Juine  Tel: 00 33 1 69 49 63 65  Fax: 00 33 1 53 01 35 61

Composite map of service areas
 More details and Ku and C band coverages.


Link-Sat  Broadband satellite internet West Africa.
High power West Africa Ku band beam from Newskies satellite NSS-7 at orbit 21.5W and Africa C band beam from Intelsat 905 at 24.5W.

Two way dedicated business satellite internet with direct access connection to the USA.
Includes option: VoIP telephone service.
Downlink: up to 60 Mbit/s download speed.    Uplink: up to 4 Mbit/s.
Entry level is just 96kbit/s download and 32kbit/s uplink.

Please remember this is all dedicated service - you are not sharing the satellite with other terminal users.
All via a ViaSat LinkStar VSAT teleport hub in the USA.

NSS7 West Africa map
Ku band coverage

IS-905 east hemi
C band coverage

West Africa Ku band coverage includes:: (some partially): Senegal, The Gambia, Gambie, Guinea, Guinee, Mali, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Burkina-Faso (Upper Volta), Togo, Benin, Niger, Nigeria, Chad, Tchad, Cameroon, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Central African Republic (CAR). Occidentale Ouest Afrique.   The broader C band beam covers all Africa except the north west as shown.
SMS "UK Gateway to Africa" Teleport

The SMS Gateway to Africa Teleport, located in Europe at Rugby, UK, offers service and infrastructure facilities for VNOs, SCPC, IP connectivity, streaming, voice, video and data. The teleport supports hub services for major platforms from STMi, iDirect, Newtec and Tandberg.

Fully staffed 24/7, with a wealth of engineering and communications expertise, the greatly expanded SMS teleport provides comprehensive solutions for all of your infrastructure needs to Africa and the Middle East: ground segment, internet connectivity, including direct Tier 1 backbone link, RF and space segment.

SMS teleport antennas
For more information, please email:
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Onlime : European teleport access to Africa
The Onlime teleport, in Germany, delivers VSAT and media broadcast services.

Extensive disaster recovery facilities, a 24/7 Help Desk and over 50 antennas ranging
from 15m diameter downwards, allowing access to more than 200 geostationary satellites located from 58°W to 76.5°E. Also provides a major Ka-band gateway.

Links to Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia, the Caribbean and South America. SCPC and contended VSAT services through the iDirect Evolution® and iNFINITI® platforms to support enterprise, government, military, oil & gas, mining, banking, NGO and many others. Web site  Web: E-mail:

European teleport providing inteconnection with Africa

Coverages on this page includes all Africa with a combination of C and Ku band beams.    For dish pointing go here: Satellite dish pointing in west Africa

Have your say now.. Contribute now in my Africa satellite broadband and internet forum   Help others with advice. Tell others about your own problems, successes, failures, also vsat wants and for sale etc. 

Regarding this page, if you have comments about satellite internet service providers or service on this page, please e-mail me, Eric Johnston or use the forum. Apologies to any Africa satellite internet providers for mistakes, missing countries etc - please tell me.

The setting up and control of two-way satellite internet, with interactive return channel system ( RCS ) is controlled from the provider's hub so any problem sites can be switched off remotely until a technician attends. Also, the satellite internet connection equipment design and frequency bands comply to international regulatory "type approval" for general use, so that operation does not cause unacceptable interference to other services or continue to require individual satellite internet licence. Non-approved terminals continue to require individual licence.

Global Technologies
(based in Paris)
iDirect, Hughes HX, Tooway and Inmarsat from Digital Satellites Corp, Cairo iDirect Ku and C band Africa from ICCES Spidersat VSAT - Mining - Oil Gas- Tanzania, Ghana & Australia Supreme Ideas ICT: VSAT provider in Africa LinkStar and iDirect service for West Africa from JuchTech Sub-Saharan Africa with Sat3Play from Constellation C band satellite networks in Africa Nynex iDirect in Africa Telstar 11N and iDirect services
Connect Internet iDirect for Africa T11N AfrikaNet iDirect in Africa Blue Sky - South Africa services EasyCom VSAT service installation in Tunisia, Algeria and Libya Q-KON Africa broadband satellite service on Telstar 11N iDirect on BADR-5A and 6 Cband and Telstar 11N Ku band from Talia Fixed and transportable VSAT in Malawi 3D Tech VSAT service and installation in Mozambique iDirect from Geolink Access
IAL office: satellite internet in Kenya iDirect and ECC DVB-S2 from Logical Wireless ZA Linkserve Ipwireless-Cameroun looking for partnership with VSAT Providers Intercel group DRC Congo, Guinea, Guinée, Madagascar LinkStar Africa from Afri-Sat
C band inclined orbit
IS-904 Africa hemi beam C-band
Level 412 satellite communications in Africa MWEB VSAT and value added services for Africa SMS Gateway to Africa Teleport
( Rugby UK )
Rutel Telecentres in Africa (draft) Extending the reach of VSAT with IEEE 802-11 wireless from smartBridges Installing iDirect VSAT in Darfur, Sudan, Africa


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Hughes hub in Egypt. Service  on BADR-4
Acel: VSAT installer and warehouse in Ghana Gateway communications Omnisat: Satellite Internet in Botswana Sat3Play from Newtec C band VSAT for All Africa from Ariave iDirect service from iSAT Africa Gilat and NewTec VSAT service in Africa from iosat Ka band options for Egypt iDirect East Africa

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