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Low cost for Internet users from AfricaOnline

Mon, 20 May 2013 03:22
by Business Writer

AfricaOnline has announced the launch of ultra-low cost-satellite internet in Namibia with rates beginning at N$499.
The new product continues the tradition of innovation established by the company, first as MWEB Namibia and then as AfricaOnline.
Marc Gregan, General Manager of AfricaOnline said following a limited launch, the new satellite product, NawaSat, has a waiting list and the company is rushing to fill orders.
Gregan said this in a press statement issued recently in Windhoek.
He went on to mention that customers from lodges, farms and small towns were particularly eager to install satellite internet, but that there is also a waiting list of customers in larger centres.
"The product is a breakthrough in terms of cost alone. The base rate is N$500 per month, and the out-of-bundle top up rates compare extremely favorably with other products on the market.
“We explored the product with a view to making internet affordable in small communities, isolated areas and at lodges but this also competes in urban areas,” said Gregan.
NawaSat is made possible by a cooperation agreement with satellite service provider Senior Executive Service (SES), which owns a network of 52 satellites in geosynchronous orbit around the globe.
Gregan said SES has done a magnificent job on the African continent and that Namibia is following suit.
“SES has an exceptional track record of providing digital communication from major international broadcasters to homes and villages in remote areas.
“In the latter regard, we were particularly impressed by their track record on the African continent. They have established networks for major NGOs and government institutions and we will explore that avenue.
“Namibia has passed the point where the spread of the Internet was a strategic issue. With access spreading like wildfire, we now need to begin thinking of quality and consistency of bandwidth, not just for mobile browsing, but particularly for enterprise. NawaSat is a very viable alternative,” added Gregan.
He also said there is no need of new infrastructure to set up the SES but to work with what is already there because the country has a favorable environment for such network.
"The challenge, we believe, is not to replace existing infrastructure but to complement it. We have seen, on several occasions that reliance on one point of entry for data is a strategic vulnerability that has, in some instances, disrupted countries and regions.
“NawaSat adds to the stock of internet infrastructure and the security of Namibian enterprise. We also believe that the managed environment which AfricaOnline provides is particularly important in securing the environment for internet users.
“Our servers are kept free of unwanted guests and our spam and virus firewalls have stopped countless phishing attacks and attempts at viral infections," he revealed.
Gregan said the equipment cost is very affordable and that the price is in the same bracket as most household appliances that also offer opportunity for subscribers to rent as a part of the package.
"Satellite has become affordable, and we are proud once again to lead on technological innovation," Gregan concluded.