C-COM Satellite Systems Inc., (TSXV: CMI) the leading global provider of mobile auto-deploying satellite antenna systems, announced today that it has started supplying South Africa’s largest independent telecommunications firm with iNetVu® Mobile antennas.
The C-COM manufactured antennas will be used by Vox Telecom on the YahClick Go broadband satellite service. YahClick offers Africa’s first Ka-band satellite connection providing coverage over highly targeted areas, allowing for greater efficiencies on the ground and a lower cost to the end user.
“With Yahclick, South Africa’s first Ka-band broadband service, we’ve been able to slash the price of satellite broadband costs,” says Jacques Visser, Project Manager for Vox Telecom. “Now YahClick can also be mobile, using C-COM’s technology.”
Visser says C-COM’s iNetVu® mobile antennas have been designed from the ground up to be fast, robust and easy to operate. “For the end user, it’s literally a matter of pressing one button,” he says. “The antenna’s software controller and robotic movement systems will automatically find the satellite signal and connect within less than five minutes. If there’s no electricity, it can run off a car battery.”
“We are pleased to have Vox Telecom to be our first YahClick Ka band integrator in South Africa and look forward to working with them to deliver high bandwidth mobile Ka-band solutions to their extensive customer base there,” said Leslie Klein, President and CEO of C-COM satellite Systems Inc.
The products have already been deployed at several high-profile events in South Africa, such as the ANC Mangaung conference in Bloemfontein, the opening game of the AFCON in Soweto, the annual Dusi Canoe Marathon in Kwazulu-Natal and the Charity Balloon Run event recently held in Cape Town. YahClick, in conjunction with Wildfire TV, also provided the live webstream for over a million viewers when Nina the Chimpanzee gave birth on camera at the Jane Gooddall Institute.