Intelsat Brings Internet and New Technologies Summit to
PRETORIA, South Africa, March 23 /PRNewswire/ -- INTELSAT, the
provider of international satellite communications services to Africa
two decades, today opened a 3-day, pan-African summit to discuss
advanced telecommunications services via satellite.
Jointly sponsored and hosted by Telkom South Africa, the
"Internet and New
Technologies Summit" is focusing on the technical, operational and
aspects of using satellites to improve communications access across
The summit has drawn a large audience of communications operators,
manufacturers and Internet service providers from over 20 African
as well as representatives from the U.S. and Canada.
With over 45 African countries already using INTELSAT for
service, summit participants will learn more about Internet backbone
multicasting services via satellite, TCP/IP enhancements for
transmission and interactive multimedia services. Integrated
Local Loop solutions for rural telecommunications will also be
"Africa has experienced extensive growth in Internet services
last year," according to Flavien Bachabi, INTELSAT Group Director for
"Many countries have gained Internet access for the first time, in
help from seminars such as this one. This summit is allowing
INTELSAT and our
African customers to share knowledge and exchange information. In
they can take better advantage of the benefits offered by today's
solutions," he added.
"Telkom SA is delighted to co-host this event. INTELSAT has been
instrumental in making sure that African countries have access to the
technology -- and in allowing them to participate in the development
applications that fit their special needs," said Marcel Raath,
International Sales & Service Provision, Telkom SA.
In addition to Internet, Telkom South Africa and operators in
African nations use INTELSAT's quality satellite communications
international and domestic services including public switched
private business/VSAT networks, video contribution and distribution.
African communications entities are also shareholders in INTELSAT,
combined investment worth over US$ 115 million.
INTELSAT owns and operates a global communications satellite
providing voice/data, Internet and video services to over 200
territories via satellite. For more information, visit the INTELSAT
/CONTACT: Allison Barr in Pretoria, South Africa,
Susan Gordon, 202-944-7500, e-mail, [log in to unmask]; both
/Web site: http://www.intelsat.int/
Tuesday, 23 March 1999 15:41:13