Philips (News - Alert) Projects Centre (PPC), one of the leading providers of integrated IT services in Nigeria, recently announced that it will be using 20 MHz of capacity on the powerful EUTELSAT 10A satellite from Eutelsat (News - Alert) Communications to boost C-band resources needed to meet demand from its clients in the oil and gas industry. The satellite from Eutelsat will allow PPC to build on its expertise in energy sector.
EUTELSAT 10A is located at 10 degrees East, one of Eutelsat’s long-standing orbital locations and a key position for data and professional video networks. The Ku-band payload on EUTELSAT 10A offers an enhanced Widebeam footprint serving Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. A second Ku-band beam serves southern Africa and Indian Ocean islands, and enables connectivity between Africa and Europe.
The C-band payload provides pan-African coverage, extending to India and parts of Asia as well as Latin America, for broadband and telecommunications services. The EUTELSAT 10A satellite also carries an S-band payload enabling delivery, for the first time, of mobile multimedia broadcast services (mobile TV, digital radio, etc.) directly onto user mobile terminals and vehicles in Europe.
Speaking on the agreement with PPC, Rodney Benn, Eutelsat vice president for Africa, said: "This new contract demonstrates the strong dynamics for VSAT services in Africa which should remain one of the highest in the world over the next 10 years. Satellites have well proven their ability to serve the considerable market of the interior of the continent and complement fibre,which is only viable in highly populated cities and microwave networks, which are restricted to urban areas. We are delighted to initiate this new relationship with PPC which over the last two decades has forged a reputation as an industry reference for complex network solutions serving clients operating in remote terrain and needing the highest quality of service."