BICS launches IPoSAT solution for African coverage provision

Global wholesale carrier for voice, mobile data and capacity services BICS has launched RouteFlex, an automated business continuity and optimisation solution developed to address the need for enhanced connectivity in Africa.

The satellite solution enables operators to manage QoE and secure an optimal traffic balance, providing an intelligent and cost-efficient IP over Satellite (IPoSAT) back-up solution supported by a Software Defined Network (SDN).

This enables operators to handle high volumes of IP data across satellite by applying end-to-end differential treatment to different types of aggregated data flows during peaks or outages. If primary infrastructure such as land or submarine cables is compromised or faces an outage, the BICS satellite backup solution prioritises high value traffic, increasing bandwidth efficiency by blocking less critical, high bandwidth services such as online gaming and video streaming.

The company says RouteFlex has the ability to enhance coverage through dynamic switching between fibre and satellite facilities, ensuring provision of high quality services when the network requires balancing. Optimisation can also be performed across whole regions.

RouteFlex also secures service continuity for telecom operators while simultaneously reducing costs. The service runs on top of existing infrastructure, reduces planning efforts, operational and maintenance costs, and needs no major additional investments.

“RouteFlex will revolutionise the way operators are able to provide services to customers when faced with damaged land or submarine cables,” said Eric Loos, senior product manager for capacity and IP at BICS.

“Previously, the provision of satellite back-up in these situations was limited in its scope and expensive to administer, however, by offering the ability to instantly prioritise traffic, operators are able to ensure continuity of service while keeping costs to a minimum.”

Clémentine Fournier, regional vice president for Africa at BICS, said the company was committed to developing innovative solutions to nourish the growing demand for data connectivity in Africa.

“The expansion of the BICS satellite portfolio will further enhance operators’ abilities to deliver outstanding service levels for end users, further boosting the growth of this exciting market,” Fournier said.

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