Thaicom signs telecom service deal with iSAT Africa


Thaicom Public Company Limited—one of Asia’s leading satellite operators and
provider of integrated satellite communications services, announced recently that it
has signed an agreement with iSAT Africa Ltd FZC. (iSAT)—a leading African
telecommunications provider and a subsidiary of Wananchi Group Holdings—to
provide iSAT’s key customer in East Africa with fully managed satellite
telecommunications services including satellite backup of its fiber network.

Under the agreement, Thaicom will provide Internet Protocol (IP) connectivity via the
THAICOM 6 satellite in the case of fiber network outages. The full-time, managed
service will enable iSAT Africa to provide their client with a fully redundant and highly
available backup solution for the provision of uninterrupted broadband services.

According to Patompob (Nile) Suwansiri, chief commercial officer at Thaicom: “We
have seen an increase in the need for reliable and cost-effective satellite
communications in Africa. Therefore, we intend to continue expanding our reach and
providing our clients with the best possible solution for their business requirements.
Thaicom has many years of experience in providing leading telecom operators across
Asia with premium cellular and internet backhaul. Our African customers can now
benefit from Thaicom’s experience in providing managed network backhaul services as

“We are pleased to partner with Thaicom for yet another solution to provide better
services to our customers. ISAT is at the forefront of innovation, while offering
flexible managed services across Africa and other parts of the world in the field of
VSAT, Broadcasting, Voice, GSM Backhaul and Fiber. Data demand throughout the
world is being driven by the increased popularity of connected devices—and Africa is
going in the same direction. Satellite services are playing a key role in the
development,’ said Munish Sharma, chief operating officer with iSAT Africa.
He further added that “Satellite is ideal to extend iSAT’s fiber network via Internet
Protocol in Africa to places that are not connected to terrestrial networks. iSAT’s fiber
networks cover Africa, Europe, Asia and America. Our collaboration with Thaicom will
assist to fulfill the growing demand and offer data services by way of a resilient fiber
network while maintaining high standards of Quality of Service (QoS).’

The managed internet backbone and related services provided by Thaicom are based
on a point-to-point satellite link between Thaicom’s designated teleport and our
customer’s remote site, thus providing uninterrupted access to the network.