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East Africa: Regional conference on satellite communication

logoThis week, more than 250 delegates from East African countries are gathering for a regional conference on broadband and satellite communication for East Africa.

The five-day meeting from 15 to 19 April 2013 is taking place in Kampala, Uganda and has the theme “Strategy for Broadband Access to All in East Africa”. It is organised by the Ministry of ICT, Uganda Communications Commission (UCC), International Telecommunications Organisation (ITSO), and the East African Communications Organisation (EACO).

The event is the first of its kind for the East African region. The objectives of the conference are to build capacities in the region regarding broadband communication and to highlight the importance of satellite communication for the socio-economic development in East Africa.

Apogee Internet will shortly be announcing our latest initiatives supplying these crucial services to the region.

Mobile Satellite Broadband for Events

Events come in all shapes and sizes from little cosy gatherings to gigantic extravaganzas. They also take place in allsorts of locations from city centres to remote mountaintops. Often they will be arranged in ad hoc places which do not have any existing telephone or internet access infrastructure.

Unfortunately this can present a problem for today’s event organisers with the modern day requirement for connectivity everywhere. Go to any country festival nowadays and you will be dazzled with a wide array of items for sale from clothing to foodstuffs to souvenirs. Event organisers have so many ways these days to engage with audiences far beyond the immediate vicinity of the event and this can often be the key element that define their success.

So whether its up to the minute twitter feeds, broadcast access to seminars or demonstrations, live web radio streams, guest wireless internet access or credit card transaction processing, the many and varied ways which telecommunications access to the rest of the world can enhance an event offer opportunities galore for event organisers and attendees alike.

 

At Apogee Internet, we have it all covered wherever your event may be. On a boat in the middle of the Irish Sea or at the top of Ben Nevis we can provide your event with high speed Internet access at the core of our offering provisioned across the Astra fleet of spacecraft. This service can be provisioned to cover any location in Europe, the Middle East  or Africa. We can provide the service with Engineers to set up and manage the equipment or, if preferred, as an equipment only service for your own technicians to take care of. Our comprehensive and easy to follow instructions make the set up achievable by anybody with extremely rudimentary knowledge of networks and we can provide remote support too if required.

Once the connection is established, the additional services can be applied so whether its point of sale machines or simply providing wireless network access to be made available to the area, we have the equipment available for hire to facilitate any eventuality. We would be so bold as to say that if you can imagine it, we can very probably make it happen. If you have an event coming up and you would like to enhance the facilities and engage with an audience from afar, give us a call today.

 

If you are in the UK, you can call us free on 0800 012 1090. If you are elsewhere in Europe, the Middle East or Africa, call us on +44 1560 321349.

Satellite broadband ‘more flexible than cable’

Satellite broadband services offer greater flexibility than the cable equivalent. At Apogee Internet we stand firmly by this contention.

We signed up last year with SES Astra in a widely publicised deal because satellite services are now far more accessible to UK households and businesses than in the past.

Across the industry, the launch of new satellites has not only increased the download speeds available, but helped make broadband deal prices more competitive and this makes the landscape very attractive for the UK consumer.

Paula Livingstone, Managing Director at Apogee Internet UK, said that, “In the past, satellite communications have been extremely expensive.”

“But now what’s on offer is a system that is comparable in price to that of a cable network and far more flexible, especially if you are a mobile user.”

She added, “The majority of customers we want to help aren’t necessarily in tiny villages or remote cottages, they are at the edge of metropolitan areas but still can’t get cable or ADSL at 2Mbps because they are 4 km or more from their closest telephone exchange.”

“Living, as I myself do, in a location that is afflicted with ADSL at a maximum of 1Mbps, I am keenly aware of the challenges this presents.”

Apogee Internet UK offers broadband deals supported by SES Astra’s ASTRA2connect platform using SES’s family of Astra 2 and 3 satellites at the 28.2 East and 23.5 East and can offer its customers a system which is capable of combining SKY TV / Freesat and satellite broadband internet access on the same dish. Call us free on 0800 012 1090.

Support available from the Welsh Assembly for those in Internet access “not-spots”

The Welsh Assembly has made £2M pounds available in order to help those living in areas in Wales that have no access to broadband Internet. What does this mean? It means that you can get your satellite broadband equipment and installation for free!

The service we provide here at Apogee Internet is considered to qualify as a suitable service for this scheme and is available to our customers living in Wales now. If your property is in Wales, you could reclaim the complete cost of your Apogee Internet ASTRA2connect broadband system and that includes the equipment and the installation costs.

The Welsh Deputy First Minister Ieuan Wyn Jones stated at the announcement of the scheme:

“People will be able to make an application for the grant. That grant will be processed, an agreement will be made for somebody to make that connection for them. The cost will be paid for under the grant and of course people will then make their own arrangements with the provider.”

Mr Jones said broadband services were “vital to ensure our country can develop the knowledge economy, improving the ability of businesses and individuals to network and innovate.”

Mr Jones, who is also minister for the economy and transport, added: “So despite current pressures on our budget we are determined to find ways of opening up access for the relatively few areas in Wales that remain unable to benefit from broadband services”.

If you are resident in Wales and would like us to send you details including an application form then why not contact us using our web contact form. We will then send you the information as well as advice on the best installers local to you. It is important to bear in mind that you should not place an order with us until you have learned whether or not your application has been successful.

So if you’re interested then get your skates on. There are limited funds and when its finished, its finished. If you would like us to help you with your application we will be happy to.

If you would like more information you can find it here.