African Satellite Network Infrastructure
About this Project
UltiSat was awarded a subcontract to design and deploy new satellite network infrastructure for Chevron/Texaco in support of its operations in Africa. The information transported across this network included voice and time-critical data applications. Locations covered by this network included multiple remote sites in Benin, Cameroon, Kenya, Malawi, Mauritius, Nigeria, Congo, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zimbabwe, and Zambia.
The satellite solution designed and deployed for Chevron/Texaco was based on the use of the iDirect TDM/TDMA platform, utilizing a relatively large C-band beam that covered all target sites within Africa. Broadband connectivity was provided to/from the remote sites leveraging the use of a more than 5Mbps forward (to remotes) TDM satellite carrier and a range of return (from remote) carriers from 256kbps to 1Mbps.
This advanced network architecture resulted in efficient and cost-effective use of the allocated satellite capacity, with assignments to the multitude of carriers being made dynamically Ã¢â‚¬Å“on the flyÃ¢â‚¬Â based on real-time offered load at any of the sites in the network. UltiSat continues to support the Chevron/Texaco program today, offering extended warranty services, help desk and maintenance/callout support.
- Large Pan-African network of greater than 40 nodes
- Challenging terrain for installations across Africa