Using BICS’ RouteFlex, the joint solution allows mobile operators and service providers to raise the bar of network availability and manage surges in bandwidth needs in challenging environments.
The new solution offered by BICS and Eutelsat will enable telecom operators to offer their end users access to consistent, cost-effective and high-quality services at all times, even in the event of a terrestrial network outage. It achieves this by combining C-band capacity on the Eutelsat 8 West B satellite with the BICS’ teleport in La Ciotat, France, its IP transit global network and an automated on-demand solution for IP traffic. The resulting service comes in three product variations: open community, closed community and occasional use.
“Through this new agreement with BICS, the pan-African footprint of our Eutelsat 8 West B satellite will step in to provide business continuity for telecom operators and service providers in challenging environments,” said Michel Azibert, Eutelsat Chief Commercial and Development Officer.
“Together we are committed to ensuring end-user satisfaction, and this cost-effective, unique on-demand solution will automatically secure customer traffic to protect their services and reputation for Quality of Service.”
“BICS is dedicated to supporting customers across the African continent, particularly the 30% of countries that are landlocked and often depend on poor terrestrial connectivity”, said Johan Wouters, VP Capacity Business Unit, Operations and Customer Services at BICS.
“In countries with limited access to submarine cables, which are often prone to damage or incidents, RouteFlex can also change the way operators use satellite to back up their services.”