PanAmSat Grows Relationship with Nigeria’s Largest ISP DIRECT-ON-PC Through Expansion of its Network
ISP to Add a New Hub to its Rapidly Growing VSAT Network
Johannesburg, South Africa, 28 September 2005
PanAmSat (NYSE: PA) announced today that Direct-on-PC, the largest and fastest growing ISP in Nigeria, has selected PanAmSat’s PAS-1R Atlantic Ocean Region satellite as the foundation for its new hub/earth station. Based upon the iDIRECT managed network solution, this hub will be used to support various VSAT, VOIP and IP services.
“With over 2,000 terminals deployed and growing, Direct on PC is one of our largest customers in Nigeria. By pairing this new hub with PAS-1R, it will give them even greater flexibility in supporting their varied services,” said Peter McBride, vice president of sales, PanAmSat. “We look ahead to further developing our business ties with this dynamic company and exploring future opportunities with them.”
Designed specifically to support the bandwidth-intensive needs of the business community, the new hub will provide the most flexible business-class platform in the Nigerian marketplace. It will offer connectivity for various business-WAN applications through PAS-1R’s expansive Ku-band footprint which covers all of Europe as well as Western Africa. It will support shared services, dedicated services in star topology and mesh services by the end of 2005.
“Direct On PC and PanAmSat share a long-standing relationship which we are delighted to expand through the launch of this new hub,” said Munish Sharma, CEO of Direct-on-PC. “The earth station is configured to integrate seamlessly with a wireless rollout and will provide high- quality Ku- and C-band Intranet and Internet services. We look forward to working with PanAmSat on the implementation of this new hub on our network.”
PanAmSat’s PAS-1R Atlantic Ocean Region spacecraft, one of the world’s largest, most powerful commercial satellites, employs 72 transponders to offer expanded and enhanced video and data broadcasting as well as broadband Internet services throughout the Americas, the Caribbean, Europe and Africa. PAS-1R is a Boeing 702 model spacecraft with an advanced communications payload consisting of 36 C-band and 36 Ku-band transponders, each supplying 36 MHz of bandwidth.