Gondwana International Networks (GIN), parent company to Africa Online, is expanding its VSAT services in Tanzania.
In addition, the firm will also launch a managed infrastructure and services solution called iManage. Africa Online was acquired by GIN in December 2013 and remains one of the leading African ISPs.
Winston Smith, General Manager of Terrestrial Services for GIN and Africa Online, said: “VSAT offers easy to deploy connectivity solutions, which compete very favourably with other terrestrial offerings like DSL and fibre. The extensive reach and coverage of multiple satellites operated by GIN provides connectivity in both metropolitan and rural markets across the extent of Tanzania.”
The company has rolled out a 'free equipment' promotion to aid customers service uptake by bringing the service within the reach of many users. Smith adds that GIN has also successfully launched its iManage hosted solution in six other African countries and will be rolling this service out in Tanzania: “There is significant demand for level three managed services support as cloud simply cannot deliver on its own.”
With the iManage suite of value-added services, Africa Online has a combination of software and infrastructure as a service, which complements its connectivity solutions as well as serving customers on other access networks. “This means that customers don’t procure hardware, and as a result have no upfront cost. This gives customers the best of the cloud with essential managed services on the ground,” says Kenneth Munyi, Managing Director, Africa Online.