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November 6th, 2017

Additional Capacity for Sat Space Africa via Telesat's Telstar 12 VANTAGE Satellite

Telesat has expanded their relationship with Sat Space Africa, a fast growing IP connectivity company with a large footprint across the African continent, contracting for additional Ku-band capacity on Telesat’s Telstar 12 VANTAGE satellite.

Artistic rendition of Telesat's Telstar 11N satellite at 37.5 degrees West.

The contract was signed in preparation for Sat Space Africa’s launch of a new hub in Namibia, Sat Space Africa’s fifth, which follows their existing hubs in South Africa, Angola and two in the United Kingdom. The companies started working together earlier this decade and Sat Space Africa is now one of Telesat’s largest customers in the region, using both Telstar 12 VANTAGE and Telstar 11N for high performing enterprise VSAT networks. Telstar 11N at 37.5 degrees West and Telstar 12 VANTAGE at 15 degrees West have powerful Ku-band beams that together provide full coverage of Sub-Saharan Africa.

Artistic rendition of Telesat's Telstar 12 satellite at 15 degrees West.

Tillmann Wilschke, newly appointed Managing Director of Sat Space Africa, noted that the growth of Sat Space Africa is the result of the firm's strong customer service, the advanced terrestrial network and high performing space segment provided by such satellites as Telesat’s Telstar 11N and Telstar 12 VANTAGE. The demand for satellite capacity in Sub-Saharan Africa is forecasted to more than double the next five years. The company's ability to compete and capture new customers will be driven by Sat Space Africa’s superior value and the satellite advantages offered by business partners such as Telesat.
Tom Eaton, Vice President, International Sales for Telesat, commented that to win in the highly competitive African satellite services market, true innovation is required and Telesat is pleased to be providing the high performing space segment that is enabling Sat Space Africa to succeed. A fast growing company like Sat Space Africa can select from any number of satellite solutions and it’s rewarding when they decide to utilize the performance and value of Telesat’s Telstar 11N and Telstar 12 VANTAGE for their expansion.