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Orange upgrades its IP services in Africa

Satellite ISP arm of Orange is upgrading its infrastructure to boost services in Africa

Orange's new satellite technology investment to help in boosting bandwidth to its customers while also cutting opex.
Orange's new satellite technology investment to help in boosting bandwidth to its customers while also cutting opex.

Orange, France's incumbent telco, is upgrading its satellite IP services to sub-Saharan Africa by deploying optimisation technology from Newtec, a satellite technology specialist based in Belgium.

Orange will deploy Newtec's ‘Elevation' modems and FlexACM technology, which will allow the operator to boost bandwidth to its customers while also cutting opex.

Orange is also in the process of installing Newtec's DVB-S2 FlexACM technology, which will allow Orange to maximise the throughput of the existing satellite link, and also make use of inclined-orbit satellite capacity while improving the quality of services. The new infrastructure is expected to expand the reach of Orange's services to other countries in Africa by using fibre links previously dedicated to back-up use.

Alain Maloberti, VP network architecture and design, Orange Group, said: "With this new infrastructure, we can continue to increase the quality of services and extend the footprint of our operations in the region."

The FlexACM technology is expected to double the data throughput in a given satellite segment while also guaranteeing 100% link availability.