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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Onyekwere explains launch of Blast Broadband

The chairman of Linkserve Limited has explained the reasons for the introduction of Blast Broadband by his firm into the nation’s Information and Communications Technology (ICT) market.

Speaking in Lagos, Onyekwere said that the new product which has higher availability guarantees customers a performance of 99.99 per cent exceeding present customer expectations.

This solution, he said, was designed for corporate, home users and educational institutions with multiple deployments.

“We have already secured a huge deployment of over 250 units for the pre-launch sales project,” he said, stressing that as of today, video has become a reality for it to be received through the internet.

According to him, the streaming capacity would enable churches, distance learning, educational and institutional organization and religious to reach multiple sites at a very affordable cost, thereby effectively reducing traveling cost.

He also said that the solution provides a platform for many other exciting features and services for the customers including Voice over IP (VoIP), Direct To Home (DTH), advanced Quality of Service (QoS), Multicasting and accelerated IP cum web-centric applications.

Excited Onyekwere noted that the introduction of the new product, Blast Broadband, was the first of its kind on the continent.

“It is based on the latest technology available in internet connectivity and because it is the latest technology, it exceeds by far what currently exists in the market.

Blast Broadband is the latest offering in Linkserve’s product line. Blast Broadband is Linkserve’s answer to the ever growing connection needs of internet users in Nigeria for faster, more dependable and more affordable internet connection,” he said.

Also, he said, this solution provides the cheapest customer equipment (CPE) in the market- hence affordable. It has based on IP fully and the first of its kind in any market. The monthly bandwidth for any customer is the lowest as it has frequency re-use high efficiency.

Additionally, he said, the only technology of such today that combines this high efficiency and yet very affordable. Customers can now pay below 25,000 monthly for a true broadband anywhere in West Africa. A perfect solution for rural areas and yet has the performance

Linkserve’s Managing Director, Mr. Victor Oisaghie, said that Blast Broadband was a satellite-based technology moulded on ViaSat’s Surfbeam and it is completely unlike what is currently obtainable in the market.

"The SurfBeam system is the only all-inclusive networking system designed from the very beginning to deliver highly scalable, high performance consumer/small-office and small-medium enterprise (SME) broadband services over satellite. Blast Broadband is that internet experience Nigerians have been waiting and for every internet user in the country; it is fast, it is cheap, it is reliable and is not subject to natural interference," he said.

Mr. Oisaghie added that Linkserve was very excited at the incredible service delivery of the product and is extremely eager for Nigerians to enjoy the blast of Blast broadband.

“Coupled with our desire to see an increase in internet penetration in the country, we have decided to introduce initiatives that will help interested consumers have access to Blast Broadband,” he said.

Equally, Oisaghie noted that they are currently running an offer in which the first 150 customers would buy Blast at a discounted price as well as a monthly subscription for only the first three months.

“We want people to feel the great service Blast delivers and believe me, the experience will blow you away,” he said.

Linkserve, since its inception in 1996, has been at the forefront of providing quality connection. The company pioneered internet in Nigeria and has multiple satellite HUBs dedicated to serving the African market with broadband internet, data service and video streaming.

The company’s data services are very popular among corporate organisations and its innovative approach to providing connection service is highly acclaimed in the industry being the winner of many awards.

Linkserve has a longstanding partnership with various satellite equipment and service providers in order to provide superior satellite technologies in the African region towards increasing the quality of network connection as well as the broadband and data services penetration in the region.

“Recently a Data Center and Satellite Teleport for commercial purposes were established in Lagos State and is integrated into several homing IP feeds,” he said.

Linkserve is poised to deliver great internet experience to Nigerians. The company recently concluded an investment exercise that has resulted in its being cash flow positive and is on the verge of completely revolutionizing the market with another new product that will change the way Nigerians use the internet.

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