By Princewill Ekwujuru & Yusuf Kazeem
COOLINK.ng, a member of Steam Broadcasting and Communications Limited, a Nigerian Internet Service Provider, ISP and system integrator company in partnership with Konnect Africa has launched a new service that will deliver satellite broadband internet to Nigerians, dubbed Asta. The name Asta, means “Star” in Danish.
According to Abdurrahman Mubi, Senior Technical Manager at Coollink, the service is available and specifically tailored to the needs and demands of Nigerian consumers; it is affordable, covers the majority of the Nigerian territory and offers features such as speeds of up to 20Mbps, data rollover and free night zone.
“We have designed Asta to strategically meet the needs of the Nigerian market and to provide a better satellite broadband experience that is customized for the region”, says Mubi.
Asta will continue this tradition with high speed Internet access available for consumers and enterprises across the Nigerian territory and beyond. When it comes to enterprise applications, Asta will benefit companies in virtually every niche. With premier connectivity and infrastructure, clients will be able to use Asta for everything from Small Office Home Office and Enterprise applications to complex Government solutions.
Chief Executive Officer of Coolink, Shahin Nouri, at the formerly launch of the service in Lagos, in partnership with Konnect Africa, a company set up by Eutelsat in 2015, said the coming to Nigeria was premised on the feedback received from consumers during the soft launch in September 2017, which was highly positive and encouraging.
‘’Several clients have already replaced their terrestrial service with Asta due to the high speeds, consistency and reliability it offers.”
Nouri stated that Asta is also available for residential customers at affordable rates in areas where broadband service was inexistent. The service is delivered using antennas as small as 74 centimeter in diameter, which can be easily installed in the most difficult of terrains and in as little as two hours. With this move, Nigeria can expect an increase in broadband penetration which will generate employment, grant communities in remote and rural areas access to eLearning platforms and broaden SME’s customer base, among several other benefits.
Service Delivery Manager at Coollink, Tayo Sadare, stated: “We have registered nationwide and Africa-wide partners to ensure that Asta is available to consumers all over.