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Wednesday, September 27, 2006

DoPC unlocks 4th hub, gears up for West African market

Remmy Nweke

Direct on PC (DOPC), a broadband Internet Service Provider (ISP), has unlocked its fourth Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) hub hosted in Washington, United States, even as the firm, reinforces strategies for its market share in the sub-region.

Managing Director of DoPC, Mr. Munish Sharma, said the new hub would avail customers in Nigeria and West African market the chance of obtaining its services on prepaid basis.

Mr. Sharma in a press statement made available to ITRealms Online, said that the new hub would also amount to revolutionising the internet market in West Africa, just as the new hub is the second time “we are creating a revolution in Nigeria.”

He disclosed that the hub, based on Hughes Network Systems (HNS) technology, is the most advanced platform Digital Video Broadcasting-Standard 2 (DVB/S2), a pioneer of VSAT technology with a global market share of 60 per cent.

Expressing happiness of the journey so far, Mr. Sharma noted that the launch of the hub positions DOPC as truly a pioneer of Ku-band VSAT, pointing that that HNS is reputed as the pioneers of VSAT technology and have a major market share of over 60 per cent worldwide.

He explained that DVB/S2 technology is the most recent technology that has just got introduced in Europe and United States, “And we’re bringing the same in Africa, thus, ensuring that Nigeria is at par with any leading nations.”

According to him, DVB/S2 technology will give DoPC high bandwidth efficiency by approximately 30 per cent, which the company intends to avail to its customers so as to provide them with high Internet bandwidths at low price.

The new platform, he further said, which comes with the Associated Computer Machinery (ACM) enabled KU band, that withstands rains.

‘All existing KU band VSAT’s will cut off and loose it’s link while ACM available with, DVBS-2 adjusts the VSAT during rain, so as to speed up slow connectivity and keep the link alive,” he asserted.

Pointing out that this is a huge advantage over any KU band VSAT platform in the world, just as turbo page software on the new technology with DVBS-2 will afford customers a super fast web browsing experience.

HNS VSAT modem, Mr. Sharma said, would be able to support uplink speed up to 1.6 Mega bites per second (Mbps) and download speed capacity of 45 Mbps. Uptimes will be higher since the new hub will be managed in USA under supervision of professional staff.

The new VSAT modem HN-700 is vertical, slim and easy to transport and consumes less power for equivalent bandwidth. The VSAT is much intelligent with built in features for Security, quality of service (QoS) and much more.

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