Fast broadband vowed for 1m rural homes

Simon Duke

The aim is to ensure remote areas get an adequate broadband service by 2022ALAMY

Ministers will outline plans this week to boost the download speeds of 1m rural homes and businesses to a level fast enough to stream music and films. The aim is to ensure that “forgotten” premises in remote areas receive an adequate broadband service by 2022 at the latest. At present, 1.1m properties are unable to access download speeds of at least 10 megabits per second (Mbps), the minimum needed to “meet the typical needs of a family”, according to the industry watchdog Ofcom.

Nationwide fast broadband access is considered vital to help boost low productivity and rebalance the economy. This week’s announcement follows months of wrangling between BT and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport. The Digital Economy Act 2017 sets out a…

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Fast broadband vowed for 1m rural homes

Simon Duke

The aim is to ensure remote areas get an adequate broadband service by 2022ALAMY

Ministers will outline plans this week to boost the download speeds of 1m rural homes and businesses to a level fast enough to stream music and films. The aim is to ensure that “forgotten” premises in remote areas receive an adequate broadband service by 2022 at the latest. At present, 1.1m properties are unable to access download speeds of at least 10 megabits per second (Mbps), the minimum needed to “meet the typical needs of a family”, according to the industry watchdog Ofcom.

Nationwide fast broadband access is considered vital to help boost low productivity and rebalance the economy. This week’s announcement follows months of wrangling between BT and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport. The Digital Economy Act 2017 sets out a…

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Coollink.ng unveils broadband

Coollink.ng, partner of Konnect Africa, launched Asta Satellite Broadband into Nigeria market. Chief Executive Officer of Coollink, Shahin Nouri, announced the launch of the brand new service that is delivering satellite broadband internet to consumers at a media parley recently in Lagos. The new service has been dubbed “Asta”, which means “Star” in Danish.

While there are other satellite internet services available in Nigeria, Asta stands apart for numerous reasons. According to Abdurrahman Mubi, Senior Technical Manager at Coollink, the service is highly available and specifically tailored to the needs and demands of Nigerian consumers; it is affordable, covers the majority of the Nigerian territory and offers features such as speeds of up to 20 Mbps, data rollover and free night zone. “We have designed Asta to strategically meet the needs of the Nigerian market and to provide a better satellite broadband experience that is customised for the region,” says Mubi.

Asta was soft launched in September and fully launched on November 1st by Coollink, partner of Konnect Africa, a company set up by Eutelsat in 2015. “The feedback received from consumers during the soft launch period has been highly positive and encouraging.

Several clients have already replaced their terrestrial service with Asta due to the high speeds, consistency and reliability it offers,” says Mubi. Asta is also available for residential customers at affordable rates in areas where broadband service was inexistent. The service is delivered using antennas as small as 74 cm in diameter, which can be easily installed in the most difficult of terrains and in as little as two hours.

With this move, Nigeria can expect an increase in broadband penetration which will generate employment, grant communities in remote and rural areas access to eLearning platforms and broaden SME’s customer base, among several other benefits. “We have registered nationwide and Africa-wide partners to ensure that Asta is available to consumers all over,” says Tayo Sadare, Service Delivery Manager at Coollink. “We have one of the most reliable and diverse network capabilities so you can increase up-time, improve scalability, and materialize operational efficiency.

We are not your typical ISP – we own our network, we master our solutions, and always go the extra mile,” she added.


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