Satellite broadband brings cash machines to rural areas in Africa

by Staff Reporter | March 22nd, 2013

Following an agreement signed between SatADSL and SES Broadband Services for the development of new high-speed satellite broadband solutions in the continent, ATM networks will be rolled out in select countries in Africa.

Satellite-based communications services company, SatADSL, will reportedly offer broadband solution to businesses, banks, non-governmental organisations and governmental institutions in rural communities across Africa. The new service, the company claims, has already been tried and tested by several banks in the continent.

ATM operators will reportedly be able to set-up cash machines in small towns where terrestrial communication services are not accessible, unreliable or too costly.

“Financial institutions offer excellent services in the main cities where fibre connections and WiMax are available,” said Jerome van der Putt, Head of Sales at SatADSL.

“However, in remote locations where the population is less dense, telecommunication links are often not as reliable,” he added.

SatADSL is working on three pilot projects at present for ATM deployment with banks based in Ghana, Cameroon and Zambia, the company said.

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