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AFRIK-IT  March 1999

AFRIK-IT March 1999

Subject:

Intelsat Brings Internet and New Technologies Summit to Africa

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Nemo Semret <[log in to unmask]>

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African Network of IT Experts and Professionals (ANITEP) List

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Tue, 23 Mar 1999 12:51:21 -0500

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        Intelsat Brings Internet and New Technologies Summit to
Africa
    PRETORIA, South Africa, March 23 /PRNewswire/ -- INTELSAT, the
leading
provider of international satellite communications services to Africa
for over
two decades, today opened a 3-day, pan-African summit to discuss
Internet and
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
marketing
aspects of using satellites to improve communications access across
Africa.
The summit has drawn a large audience of communications operators,
equipment
manufacturers and Internet service providers from over 20 African
countries,
as well as representatives from the U.S. and Canada.
    With over 45 African countries already using INTELSAT for
Internet
service, summit participants will learn more about Internet backbone
and
multicasting services via satellite, TCP/IP enhancements for
satellite
transmission and interactive multimedia services.  Integrated
VSAT/Wireless
Local Loop solutions for rural telecommunications will also be
covered.
    "Africa has experienced extensive growth in Internet services
over the
last year," according to Flavien Bachabi, INTELSAT Group Director for
Africa.
"Many countries have gained Internet access for the first time, in
part with
help from seminars such as this one.  This summit is allowing
INTELSAT and our
African customers to share knowledge and exchange information.  In
this way,
they can take better advantage of the benefits offered by today's
satellite
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
latest
technology -- and in allowing them to participate in the development
of new
applications that fit their special needs," said Marcel Raath,
Executive,
International Sales & Service Provision, Telkom SA.
    In addition to Internet, Telkom South Africa and operators in
over 50
African nations use INTELSAT's quality satellite communications
products for
international and domestic services including public switched
telephony,
private business/VSAT networks, video contribution and distribution.
Over 40
African communications entities are also shareholders in INTELSAT,
holding a
combined investment worth over US$ 115 million.
    INTELSAT owns and operates a global communications satellite
system
providing voice/data, Internet and video services to over 200
countries and
territories via satellite.  For more information, visit the INTELSAT
Web site
at www.intelsat.int.
SOURCE  INTELSAT
                          03/23/99

    /CONTACT:  Allison Barr in Pretoria, South Africa,
27-12-311-4611; or
Susan Gordon, 202-944-7500, e-mail, [log in to unmask]; both
of
INTELSAT/
    /Web site:  http://www.intelsat.int/

Tuesday, 23 March 1999 15:41:13


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