Nationwide ATM networks could soon be a reality in several African countries following the development of new high-speed satellite broadband solutions. SatADSL has signed an agreement with SES Broadband Services – a wholly-owned affiliate of satellite provider SES - for the distribution of its broadband solution to businesses, banks, non-governmental organisations and governmental institutions in remote areas throughout Sub-Saharan Africa.
The new solutions will allow ATM operators to deploy cash machines in small towns where terrestrial communication services are not available, unreliable or too expensive. The service has been successfully demonstrated and used by several African banks that are planning large scale ATM deployments. SatADSL currently runs three pilot projects for ATM deployment with banks in Ghana, Cameroon and Zambia.
"Financial institutions offer excellent services in the main cities where fibre connections and WiMax are available. However, in remote locations where the population is less dense, telecommunication links are often not as reliable. SatADSL provides specialised services to support the financial institutions’ remote offices as well as cash machines to perform according to their customers’ expectations," said Jerome van der Putt, Head of Sales at SatADSL.
“Broadband access remains a challenge in many African countries, although it is a key factor for economic success," said Patrick Biewer, Managing Director of SES Broadband Services. "Our satellite-based broadband service can help bridging the digital and economic divide in Africa by offering an ideal solution for banks to expand and offer services in the region.”