Bulletin d’information



Newslink Edition 10

  – October 2012 -



A Message from the CEO



We at SkyVision have great news for our customers in Africa.


SkyVision has recently initiated a major expansion in the field of telecommunication services for Western Africa with the acquisition of Afinis. This purchase is a natural move for SkyVision as it spirals us into new and expanding markets in Francophone Africa.


SkyVision will now be able to deliver comprehensive services for the vast majority of Africa and is now firmly established as one of largest and most dynamic satellite operators on the continent.


Furthermore, we will certainly leverage Afinis’ extensive knowledge, particularly in oil and gas, mining and Telco services.


I am very pleased to report that Afinis is seamlessly integrating into SkyVision’s corporate identity in terms of services provided, overall coverage, local presence, and the professional quality of the staff.


This transaction further reinforces SkyVision’s strategy of developing a continent wide local presence. This is especially pertinent following the strategic decision taken several months ago to open a local South African office, thereby expanding our local footprint in Africa’s most vibrant business hub.


Together these two major developments place the company in a prime tactical position to successfully respond to Africa’s growing need for high quality communication services over fibre, wireless, and satellite, like never before.


On a personal note I look forward to meeting as many of you as possible at AfricaCom this year. Please do drop by our booth for a chat.



Doron Ben Sira









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Afinis Communications – Now a SkyVision Company


SkyVision has acquired Afinis West Africa from Monaco Telecom SAM, a subsidiary of Cable & Wireless Communications Plc. Afinis is a leading provider of connectivity solutions in francophone Africa, specializing in direct sales to corporate market segments focusing on markets such as Energy, Mining, Finance as well as Telcos and International Institutions.


Afinis has local offices and licensing in Burkina Faso, Guinea and Senegal. Each of these entities will now be owned by SkyVision and will carry the SkyVision brand. Afinis will bring complementary and valuable capabilities to SkyVision, providing immediate benefits to its potential and existing customer base. Afinis’ strong presence in Africa’s French speaking countries is complementary to SkyVision’s market leading position in Nigeria, East, Central and Southern Africa. With the strong influence of Afinis’ local offices, licensing and support abilities, SkyVision will lead these and surrounding markets.



SkyVision Shortlisted for AfricaCom 2012 Award


SkyVision has been shortlisted this year for Best Pan African Initiative at the AfricaCom 2012 Awards.


As a leading global telecommunication service provider, SkyVision will be participating in the AfricaCom 2012 show taking place in Cape Town, South Africa, November 13-15.

This show is a great platform to meet and share information. Feel free to email me at irist@skyvision.net to schedule a meeting with us, or just come by our booth (Booth #C14).





AfricaCom 2012 13-15 November 2012:

CTICC Cape Town, South Africa

The conference will provide the best opportunity for all stakeholders to debate the changes in the digital ecosystem, to share visions, to build partnerships and to develop attractive services that will fit the needs of customers. New with an extra day, the programme includes eye-opening keynotes, engaging focus sessions, three co-located conferences, compelling workshops, more interactive panels and expertise from a much wider range of digital experts.

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SkyVision Success Stories


SkyVision and Africom’s VPN VSAT Service Enables Bank to Extend its Services into Rural Zimbabwe

A Zimbabwean Bank required a reliable connectivity solution to interconnect its rurally located branches with its main data center in Harare. The bank selected Africom/SkyVision’s VSAT-based VPN to enable it to extend its reach to the rural population of Zimbabwe and open branches in those areas.

Banking Everywhere

Via SkyVision’s VPN service, the bank will provide the Zimbabwe’s rural community with reliable, high quality connectivity that fully supports the T24 Core Banking System (CBS), e-mail, Internet and POS in addition to full ATM connectivity.


High Performance, Total Reliability

The bank’s Information & Communications Technology Executive, when taking about the recent deployment stated “SkyVision’s VPN over VSAT service connection is superior to other access solutions as the uptime is particularly high.”

SkyVision’s VPN over VSAT service eliminated offline branch problems in even the remotest of locations and guarantees excellent banking services.


SkyVision Brings High Quality, Reliable Broadband Connectivity to Cameroon Mining Company


A Cameroon mining company, together with a local branch of a British mining company, required a satellite service provider to bring reliable communications to their research and exploration sites located throughout the country.

When the mining company’s IT manager had to select a reliable satellite service provider to provide communications to the company’s exploration sites all across Cameroon, he turned to SkyVision: “I discovered SkyVision about six years ago. I had previous experience with two other satellite service providers, but they failed to satisfy my requirements and the expected service availability and quality”.

Reliable Communication

SkyVision’s Broadband connectivity allows the mining company to establish high quality voice and high-speed data connectivity where no terrestrial infrastructure is available. SkyVision’s reliable links allow exploration field camp teams to send files back to headquarters and conduct telephone and conference calls critical to expediting their exploration data analysis.


SkyVision News


One Service, Two Beams, 3 Contention Ratios

With the Amos-5 Ku2 and Ku3 beams supplementing the SkyDirect services on T-11N, SkyVision has reached comprehensive Sub-Saharan Africa coverage with Ku Band. The services are available with three contention ratios with the new iDirect X1 satellite router and are supported by 1.2 meter antenna and 3W BUC. This permits SkyVision to deliver full C-Band and Ku Band coverage from Europe in the West to Afghanistan in the East.


Making an Advanced Leap

SkyVision has launched a new service: the SkyVision Advanced DVB/SCPC service. This service is based on the new Comtech CDM800 technology and is currently deployed on Amos-5 C-Band. This new service enables SkyVision to offer the latest, most advanced technology to small and medium IP Trunking customers. The Comtech CDM800 uses header and payload compression and Adaptive Code Modulation on both receive and transmit, for higher efficiency and improved user experience. This new service involved new infrastructure deployment in SkyVision’s teleports and will be expanded to other platforms during 2013.


Internet Connectivity over Wimax

SkyVision has signed an agreement with a new ISP located in Burkina Faso. The ISP provides telecommunication solutions to corporate and education segments in Burkina Faso with special added value services for video conferencing and voice services. In order to grow locally, the ISP has decided to provide Internet connectivity over Wimax technology using SkyVision’s Combi over Inclined Orbit solution.

Internet Connectivity in West and Central Africa

SkyVision has signed an agreement with a growing ISP in West and Central Africa that operates in three countries with six sites. SkyVision will initially provide connectivity to the first site in Gabon.






Katanga Mining Briefing (IPAD) 23-25 October 2012:

Lubumbashi, Katanga, Democratic Republic of Congo

The 3rd Katanga Mining Briefing offers stakeholders in the DRC’s copper and cobalt hub the opportunity to interface on pertinent issues in this thriving province. Here there is a focus on the operational needs of mining companies in Katanga.


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South Sudan Investment Summit 20-22 November 2012:

Juba, South Sudan

The Summit will further the crucial steps that were taken during South Sudan’s first ever in-country Investment Summit and once again welcome key figures and sector leaders in the efforts to develop South Sudan’s economy, while enjoying the full support of the Government of South Sudan, UN and International Agencies, Trade Associations and NGOs from across the region.


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SkyVision South Africa

Providing both local and global enterprises, and System Integrators with reliable, secure and cost effective Virtual Private Network (VPN) and Internet connectivity solutions, SkyVision South Africa enables seamless inter-branch corporate connectivity for increased organizational productivity and efficiency.

SkyVision South Africa manages its own network infrastructure utilizing high-capacity fiber, submarine cables and satellite platforms including over 50 globally spread next-generation MPLS (Multiprotocol Label Switching) network points of presence, bringing South African enterprises unprecedented quality of service and global reach.