EgyptSat targets Iraq

EgyptSat, the two-way satellite internet connectivity provider, is hoping to gain a foothold in the Iraq market by fulfilling pent-up demand for access to communications services.

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By  Richard Agnew Published  October 19, 2003

EgyptSat, the two-way satellite internet connectivity provider, is hoping to gain a foothold in the Iraq market by fulfilling pent-up demand for access to communications services.

While Gitex is on, the Cairo-based provider is also aiming to boost its customer base across the Middle Eastern region by offering subscribers free hardware when they sign up to its Sky-Communicator system for one year.

The very small aperture terminal (VSAT) based service allows users to access data, multimedia and voice applications, as well as providing a communications tool for internet users and voice-over-IP (VoIP) applications.

The system also provides two tiers of connectivity speeds to subscribers.

Both versions offer a rate of 128kbits/s upstream while subscribers will be able to opt for downstream connections at just over 1Mbits/s or 2Mbits/s. To maintain quality of service, the provider says the system will offer low contention ratios and a minimum guaranteed speed of 64kbits/s.

Through the deal, the provider is offering free hardware for the SkyCommunicator service for subscribers that sign up to the package for twelve months.

The offer will run for the duration of the event.
EgyptSat will be covering all of the Middle East with Sky-Communicator, including the Iraq market, where the provider claims to have already gained a presence.

"We have started to install systems [in Iraq]," says Dr. Mohamed Elghamry, president & chief executive officer of EgyptSat. "There is no infrastructure there at all and the only way to get the internet is through VSAT," he adds.

Meanwhile, CallDialer, EgyptSat's sister company, is launching an IP-based desktop phone at this year's Gitex. The MagicPhone has a built in modem, which allows it to connect to the Internet directly through a phone line with no need for a computer to initiate the internet connection.

The device routes international calls through the internet or through an IP LAN, and can also be linked to the local terrestrial network. C8-1

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