Spacecom and Ringo SA launch Cellular-Satellite Hybrid Broadband Project in Cameroon

Spacecom is cooperating with Cameroon ISP Ringo S.A. to deliver the region’s first large-scale cellular-satellite hybrid broadband Internet project.

The project answers the growing demand for better Internet service throughout the country. Spacecom, which operates the AMOS satellite fleet, offers a hybrid service which brings affordable broadband Internet and reliable service to users in the country's rural and outlying regions.

The solution allows users to take advantage of satellite for downloading data while relying on cellular or other terrestrial data networks for Internet upload requests. The project is supplying over 120 educational institutions, community centres and rural villages with stable and fast broadband Internet connections.

Olivier Leloustre, CEO & Founder of Ringo S.A., said: "Providing affordable Broadband Internet service throughout all of Cameroon is bringing a new wave of activity benefiting the public and private sectors."

Sharon Weissman Burbea, Spacecom VP Sales, French-Speaking Africa, added: "With more citizens throughout Africa using internet services, especially those in outlying and rural areas, our project combining cellular and satellite represents a milestone for the continent. We are currently working to further develop this service in other African markets."

Spacecom's hybrid solution for broadband provision is based on satellite broadband downlink and GSM uplink which enables low-cost entry setup. A user sends a request to the cloud via a GSM modem, and all the information is accessed from the satellite with a high throughput downlink. System installation is easy and largely the same irrespective of location - a plus for planning and budgeting.

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