VSAT NETWORKS - CAPE TOWN TO CAIRO AND BEYOND
The SADC VSAT Network has been operational since 1998 and has eliminated all communication deficiencies in the SADC region. This network is fulfilling the region’s communication requirements in terms of the ICAO Africa / Indian Ocean (AFI) plan. It has succeeded in integrating a regional communications network, contributing to increased communication allowing for greater safety on air traffic movements and is financially sustainable.
The Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS) Company, based in
The SADC VSAT II network became operational on 1 December 2007. The replacement of the network was necessitated by technological advancements, user requirements, as well as the fact that the SADC VSAT equipment reached its “end of life” the deficiencies of the network further require that the network be replaced.
ATNS and IATA were appointed as the network service provider to the network.
In 2001 ATNS and IATA was appointed the network service provider for the VSAT network in the North Eastern Africa region. The network is known as the NAFISAT network. The network is made up of:
The network became operational on 1 April 2008.
ATNS works closely with ASECNA, the operator of a VSAT network in
ATNS provides a turnkey solution for VSAT networks: including network design, equipment acquisition; equipment installation; maintenance of equipment and management of networks. The domestic VSAT networks that ATNS implements provide amongst others AFTN; ATS/DS; VHF; radar data; remote monitoring and control services and IP services for WAN.