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Information on Satellite Internet in Africa

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Aug 2nd, 2010 at 11:42am  
I'm a student of the university of high technology in Belgium. My thesis consists of the analysis of the infrastructure of internet connectivity in Africa and the analysis of the market of internet connectivity through Vsat systems.

May I ask you to give me information about:
- the infrastructure and the situation of internet connectivity for these African countries :

Benin, Botswana, Cameroon, Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Republic of Ivory Coast, Gabon, Ghana, Equatorial Guinea, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Uganda, Rwanda, São Tomé and Príncipe, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, anzania,
Chad, Togo, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Central African Republic :

->        What's the present infrastructure of internet connectivity and its reliability in these countries
->        What's the present/future breakdown of internet user connectivity (via cable, via satellite, via 3G etc)
->        Is there a monopoly of internet connectivity ?
Liberalization of the market? Is there any form of private competition in this specific market?
->        Is internet via satellite banned?
->        Who are the internet service providers and the virtual network operators in these countries ?

- Are there any future developments or infrastructure projects planned for internet connectivity?

If you don't have these details, may you forward me some contacts or relevant links/webpages in order to find out the information we require?

I look forward to receiving some information, and thank you very much for your cooperation.

Yours faithfully,

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Reply #1 - Aug 2nd, 2010 at 2:58pm  
10 years ago there were hardly any VSAT service providers with beams covering Africa. I started this web page and contacted several companies and once they had their networks up, I added them to the page. It was hard going initially but I did manage to ultimately get enough companies on board to offer a comprehensive and competitive range of alternatives.  

The idea was to enable end user customers to find suitable service providers, based on EIRP and G/T beam coverage contours, frequency band, polarisation type, elevation angle and technology.

After a few years I met my objective and had enough companies, but since then the number has continued to grow and there now too many companies to list them all.

I suggest you read every link from page and also browse this Africa section of the forum where many companies make their services known.

Best regards, Eric.
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