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ND SatCom shipped SKYWAN Mesh network to ATNS for SADC2/NAFISAT network in Africa

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Jul 13th, 2016 at 10:03am  
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ND SatCom shipped SKYWAN Mesh network to ATNS (Air Traffic and Navigation Service Company Limited) for SADC2/NAFISAT(Southern African Development Community/North East African Satellite) network in Africa:  High-Grade Communication Links Through SKYWAN Technology

ND SatCom shipped a trans-African VSAT network based on SKYWAN technology to all SADC2 and NAFISAT sites of its customer ATNS. These ATNS networks fulfil the region's communication requirements in terms of the ICAO Africa / Indian Ocean (AFI) plan by supplying fixed aeronautical ATS/DS, AFTN and ATN communications between main Air Traffic Control Centers in the SADC and NAFISAT Regions.
ATNS, in partnership with its regional partners , endeavours to enhance safety and contribute to developing global aviation intelligence by keeping seamless aeronautical communication from Cape to Cairo.

ATNS is in the process of upgrading 50 sites all over Africa with equipment from ND SatCom. “Our new SKYWAN technology was successfully tested for all services jointly with representatives from ATNS. This network includes VSAT modems for Mesh topology, access multiplexors and management applications upgrading a previous installation”, stated Alexander Aschrafi, Senior Project Manager at ND SatCom.

The previous generation of SKYWAN VSATs, installed in 2008, will be replaced by SKYWAN 7000 Mesh modems providing interfaces with ATS/DS, AFTN, VHF and Radar applications. “This SKYWAN modem upgrade plus new RF amplifiers will allow higher throughput and OPEX savings”, explained Michael Weixler, Head of Product Management at ND SatCom.

ATNS is very proud of their new networks which can now be rolled out by ATNS specialists all over the continent. “Regional Cooperation between Civil Aviation Authorities (CAAs) and Air Navigation Services Providers (ANSPs) has resulted in the streamlining and harmonizing of Air Navigation Regulations (ANRs), which are safety oriented” adds Thabani Mthiyane, CEO of ATNS, when asked for the relationship between ATNS und ND SatCom.

About ND SatCom
With over three decades of experience, ND SatCom is the premier supplier of and integrator for innovative satellite communication equipment systems and solutions to support customers with critical operations anywhere in the world. Customers in more than 130 countries have chosen ND SatCom as a trusted and reliable source of high-quality and secure turnkey and custom system-engineered communication solutions. The company’s products and solutions are used in more than 200 transnational networks in government, military, telecom and broadcast environments.

ND SatCom's flagship product, the SKYWAN platform, enables international users to communicate securely, effectively and quickly over satellite.
You’ll find ND SatCom at IBC 2016 (09-13 September 2016) in Amsterdam.
For more information, please visit

About ATNS
The Air Traffic and Navigation Service Company Limited (ATNS) is a South African State-Owned Company (SOC) Ltd, established in 1993 in terms of the ATNS Company Act (Act 45 of 1993) - to provide air traffic management solutions and associated services on behalf of the State. ATNS is responsible for air traffic control in approximately 10% of the world’s airspace. These services accord with the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) standards and recommended practices, as well as the South African Civil Aviation Regulations and Technical Standards. ATNS is also a network provider for the VSAT Networks in Africa.
The SADC VSAT II Network has been in operation since 1998 and has eliminated all communication deficiencies in the SADC region. This network is fulfilling the region’s communication requirements in terms of the ICAO Africa / Indian Ocean (AFI) plan. It has succeeded in integrating a regional communications network, contributing to increased communication allowing for greater safety on air traffic movements and is financially sustainable. The network covers 15 Southern and Central African states with links to Accra and Dakar, whilst the North East African Satellite (NAFISAT) network covers 13 countries in East and North African states. 

For more information, please contact:
Arzu Evlek, Marketing & Communications, ND SatCom GmbH,, phone: +49 7545 939 8751
Percy Morokane
External Communication, ATNS
+27 (0)11 607 1234/ +27 (0) 71 445 9812
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