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Dandemutande one of the largest internet service providers in Zimbabwe recently introduced a new alternative for its enterprise and corporate clients looking for a mobile broadband solution.
The company launched a mobile satellite solution which provides internet service through a VSAT terminal that can be attached to a vehicle.
According to Dandemutande, the solution is easy to use with a one-button, auto-acquire VSAT system which is designed to offer fast satellite acquisition. A connection can be enabled within minutes while the vehicle stationary, and it can be used virtually anywhere where the vehicle can go.
Its technical partner for this new service is C-COM Satellite Systems which will be providing Dandemutande clients with its iNetVu line of mobile VSAT solutions which have been deployed across Southern Africa.
Despite a strong focus on VSAT solutions in the past through its subsidiary iWay Africa, this is the first time that Dandemutande has provided a mobile satellite solution, something that points to an increased focus on the revenue potential of a diversified VSAT services portfolio.
A look at the target market for the mobile satellite service also suggests that Dandemutande is casting a wide net and trying to engage users for both the private and public sector.
In other markets where the mobile satellite solution has been used extensively, it has been snapped up by clients in financial services (for remote banking solution setup and deployment), telemedicine, aid relief services, wildlife and conservation, emergency response, military defence, and security.
Dandemutande has the same sort of users in mind as it aims to position mobile VSAT solutions a solid alternative for broadband connection in areas where remote internet access is a challenge.
In Zimbabwe, VSAT is one of the least popular forms of internet connection as users have relied on alternatives like ADSL and Fibre. According to recent figures from the telecoms regulator, POTRAZ, the number of total active VSAT connections in 2015 stood at 1,425 which only outpaced the leased line connections total of 1,393.
It has, however, been enjoying a steady growth which has been encouraged by factors like an increased interest in internet services in remote areas and more importantly some of the major changes in VSAT pricing regulations.
With any luck, the launch of new products like Dandemutande’s mobile satellite solution will also help maintain its growth.