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Satellites `crucial` for African connectivity

24 February 2006
[Johannesburg, 24 February 2006] - VSAT satellite connectivity between southern African countries is the only reliable means of cross-border connection, says Lieb Vermeulen, CIO of African Banking Corporation (ABC).

“VSAT is crucial to ABC, and how we do our work,” he stated, on the final day of the Satcom conference in Sandton.

Vermeulen emphasised that with fixed-line connections one cannot get connectivity reliable enough to transport critical data for centralised purposes.

Listing various experiences of poor maintenance response and the resulting downtime ABC has endured, he informed delegates of the unwillingness of public service providers to sign a contract with a penalties clause.

He believes public service providers display no urgency in attending to problems. “You're in their hands as to when you may get support,” he said.

“For the next four or five years at least, VSAT appears to be the only effective connectivity between countries in Africa.”

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