Glocall Telecoms, LLC And Tazca Connects Partner to Deploy 4G LTE in Mogadishu, Somalia

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4G LTE partnership to provide easy, reliable, and cost-effective broadband connectivity to schools, businesses, and the surrounding community

 

ITASCA, Ill., March 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ – Glocall Telecoms, LLC announces plans to deploy LTE reliable Broadband Internet Access using Tazca Connects LTE-as-a-Service in Mogadishu, Somalia.  Currently, Glocall Telecoms, LLC and its subsidiaries in East and West Africa will look to deploy Next Generation Network (NGN) solutions and technologies for mass deployment of licensed 4G LTE to government, schools, business and individuals.

 

 

Mobeen Bhamjee, Glocall Telecoms CEO, stated that “Tazca Connects LTE offering, backed by Lemko Corps distributed LTE architecture, was selected due to the need for an efficient, cost-effective 4G LTE solution, deployable on demand, which would enable affordable, mass broadband penetration in challenging environments.  A new paradigm in commoditizing the LTE core to the network edge, was found to provide the efficiencies required to build next generation networks within the African context, with due consideration for affordability and end user adoption on a cost basis. Deploying 4G LTE with Tazca Connects will accelerate global connectivity in Somalia and provide new opportunities to stimulate socio economic growth by increasing access to information and rich content services.”

 

Tazca Connect’s service will be powered by an innovative software platform from Lemko Corporation, bringing easy, reliable, and cost-effective 4G LTE connectivity to businesses and communities in Mogadishu, Somalia. The new service in one of the world’s least connected locations is uniquely enabled by the powerful software architecture, which features advanced fixed wireless broadband capability on a software platform that sits on a server at each cell site and connects directly to the cloud. This results in substantially lower up-front capital expense, eliminates backhaul, virtualizes the core, and allows for dramatically lower on-going operational expenses.

 

The software, when combined with Tazca Connect’s pay-as-you-grow LTE models and rapid deployments, allows Tazca and its local partners to provide the lowest per-subscriber per GB MHz POP cost in any market.

 

“Our partnership in Somalia demonstrates that powerful software, combined with a powerful vision, can connect people anywhere on Earth with cost-effective, carrier-grade LTE services,” said Michael Sisto, Vice President of Sales, Tazca Connects. “We are pleased to illustrate that, with Tazca, the economic and social benefits of expanding Internet access can become an affordable reality in any community.”

 

Glocall Telecoms is positioning for the next wave of 4G Broadband growth in Africa, enabling urban and rural communities with last mile broadband access solutions that utilize effective economic models tailored for the African market.

 

About Glocall Telecoms, LLC

Glocall Telecoms LLC is a global voice, data and carrier solution provider, with a core focus on Africa and emerging markets, building next generation voice and data networks in under-serviced regions. Leveraging new cloud centric technologies and best of breed solutions, Glocall invests in, builds and manages next generation voice and data networks in frontier and emerging markets in Africa, with the aim of improving broadband penetration and service adoption. For more information visit www.glocall.net

About Tazca Connects

Tazca Connects was launched to answer the call for affordable broadband. Our strategic intent is to enable Operators to bring simple and affordable wireless broadband back into their communities. Tazca offers 4G LTE-as-a-Service with the lowest CAPEX and OPEX in the industry so wireless Operators in any environment can deploy carrier grade broadband now without having to worry about hardware and software infrastructure.  Instead, Operators can focus on marketing and signing up subscribers with LTE download speeds of up to 150MBps and capacities up to 2000 simultaneous users per tower. Tazca offers pay-as-you-grow models to accelerate cost effective broadband connectivity across diverse global communities.   With Tazca, Operators can Plug, Play and Profit with a quality solution deployed at the network edge. Tazca Connects is a subsidiary of Lemko Corporation. For more information visit www.tazcaconnects.com

About Lemko Corporation

Lemko is a Distributed Mobile Wireless Network software company with ultra-low cost Internet based architectures that drive down the cost per GB MHz POP.  Lemko is the industry leader in Re-Engineering the Mobile Network for Internet Economics and provides quick deployments of 2G, 3G and 4G LTE cellular systems powered by a virtualized and distributed EPC and IMS core.  The company’s market leading solutions are available in multiple form factors including macro network, small cell, enterprise access point, On-Demand Cellular (ODC), M2M, cellular on wheels (COWs), man-portable and are deployed with enterprises, carriers, government, and military private network operators.  Lemko is headquartered in Itasca, Illinois, USA. Additional information is available at www.lemko.com.

Media Contact:
Michael Sisto
VP of Sales, Tazca Connects
630-592-8248
Email

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O3b and Glocall to provide ultra-high speed connectivity to Somalia

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Somalia’s newest ISP will take advantage of O3b’s high speed, low latency capacity. Deal raises the prospect of improved connectivity for customers in revitalized country.

St. Helier, Jersey, Channel Islands – O3b Networks today announced a major long-term capacity deal to provide high-speed, low-latency capacity to Glocall Telecoms LLC, one of the leading service providers in the Federal Republic of Somalia.

Glocall invests in, builds and manages voice and data networks in emerging markets, leveraging in country licenses and partnerships, to deliver quality broadband & voice products. Through its subsidiary Sahal Telecoms Somalia, a National Telecommunications Licence holder in the Somali Republic, it provides high speed broadband access solutions, utilizing next generation Wimax, and Super Wifi technologies, with a migration path to 4G LTE expected in Q3 2014.

With a key focus on enabling immediate high speed broadband access solutions to businesses and consumers alike, coupled with a migration path to 4G LTE, Sahal Telecoms Somalia seeks to satisfy customer demands of rich media and social experiences as dictated by global trends. A viable, cost effective solution was sought which would allow for rapid deployment in the bandwidth starved nation which, until recently, has experienced a period of relative calm after years of strife.

O3b launched its first four satellites in June. It is preparing for the launch of the second set in a second launch in late September, ahead of its commercial service launch later in the year. O3b will transform communications by deploying a unique, next generation satellite constellation. O3b offers ISPs, mobile operators, businesses and government customers high quality, ultra-fast and affordable connection to the global internet backbone, connectivity which is better, faster and more affordable.

The O3b network will deliver broadband connectivity everywhere on Earth within 45 degrees of latitude north and south of the equator. O3b’s coverage area includes emerging and insufficiently connected markets in Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, Asia and the Pacific region, with a collective population of over 3 billion people.

Mobeen Bhamjee, CEO of Glocall Telecoms LLC, said:

“The O3b Networks medium orbit, low latency, fiber replacement solution has been selected to enable the bandwidth starved region to catapult into a new era of growth and development after years of hardship and devastation. With the lack of immediate fiber options in the Somali Republic, in particular the capital Mogadishu, alternative geostationary satellite solutions were found to be inherently too costly or inefficient to meet the demands of global trends of rich media content and social applications, including delivery of viable voice and cloud based services.

O3B Networks unique value proposition of a low latency, cost effective, fiber over satellite solution, with sub 130ms round trip latency, provides leverage in terms of  cost and operational efficiency, allowing for rapid deployment  of next generation services, at prices comparable to entry level fiber in regions with limited access to international bandwidth.

We are excited to work with O3b in their momentous achievement of launching a viable solution for the developing world. This technology will have a massive impact on the lives of ordinary people for whom digital connectivity was previously either unavailable or unaffordable, allowing them the opportunity to access the global village and the benefits that come with it.“

 

Omar Trujillo, Regional VP Africa and LATAM, O3b said:

“We are delighted to be partnering with Glocall in Somalia. Africa, with more than one billion people, is a key market for O3b and Somalia is a good example of the potential it contains. Glocall is an experienced operator with a clear market roll out plan. Together we can bring a crucial data infrastructure to the previously under-served Federal Republic of Somalia.”

 

For further information please contact:

Brunswick PR

Marleen Geerlof, Chris Buscombe

Tel:  +44 (0) 20 7404 5959

E-mail:  O3b@brunswickgroup.com

 

 

About O3b Networks Limited

O3b Networks Limited (www.o3bnetworks.com) is a global satellite service provider building a next-generation satellite network for telecommunications operators, Internet service providers, enterprise and government customers in emerging markets. The O3b system will combine the global reach of satellite with the speed of a fiber‐optic network providing billions of consumers and businesses in nearly 180 countries with low‐cost, high‐speed, low latency Internet and mobile connectivity.  O3b Networks’ investors include SES, Google, Liberty Global, HSBC Principal Investments, Northbridge Venture Partners, Allen & Company, Development Bank of Southern Africa, Sofina, Satya Capital and Luxempart. O3b Networks is headquartered in St. Helier, Jersey, Channel Islands.

 

About Glocall

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Founded in 2007, Glocall Telecoms (www.glocall.net) has grown from a localized solution provider, developing business and consumer telecommunication solutions in the USA and South Africa, to a global voice, data and carrier solutions provider, with a core focus on Africa and emerging markets, building Next Generation Voice and Data networks in under-serviced regions.

With operations in the USA, South Africa and subsidiaries in East and West Africa, including Guinea (Conakry), Liberia, Gambia, Senegal, and Somalia, Glocall Telecoms seeks to position itself as an enabler of Next Generation ICT and Telecommunication products and solutions to local carriers, governments, businesses and consumers in these communities.

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O3B NETWORKS MILESTONE LAUNCH

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O3b will transform communications by deploying a ground breaking, next generation satellite constellation that will have the capability to offer our customers connectivity which is better, faster and more affordable. O3b\’s satellites will be placed in orbit 8062 kilometers from the earth providing around 70% of the world\’s population with fiber quality internet connectivity.

O3b Network successfully launched their first 4 satellites on June 25 2013 making history with their proposed, low orbit Ka band sub 130ms latency “fibre over satellite” replacement, which will enable millions of people across the globe with lower cost, lower latency connectivity options, empowering communities in previously disadvantages regions of the globe who are reliant on high cost legacy VSAT solutions.

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New Website Launch!

With a positive new direction and an aggressive push to expand operations in Africa, Glocall Telecoms new website has been launched, replacing our somewhat dated website, with the aim of expressing the newly defined goals and targets which are aligned with the future growth plans of the company.

 

With the launch of Sahal Telecoms Somalia, as well as the SMART Group in West Africa,  Glocalll Telecoms seeks to enable new, innovative solution for the African continent. To this end our website will be updated over the coming weeks to reflect the gains made by Glocall over the year, as well to present the current and imminent solutions to be taken to market on the African continent and Globally.

 

Stay tuned and watch this space!

Tales from the towers – Mogadishu

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The new Republic of Somalia with an official government for the first time in decades has brought about a mass migration of expats in the diaspora back into the republic.  This has brought with it the expectation of resilient networks in Mogadishu however many people returning home are left stranded in terms of internet availability, due to either the high costs involved or lack thereof.

While Hormuud, the largest mobile operator in Somalia, has launched 3G services since early 2013, the costs involved as well as network issues make it impossible to experience the rich media functionality expected by those expats returning home to build their country. Sahal Telecoms Somalia, a newly licences operator is planning to launch commercial services for its high speed broadband solutions, with the hope that it will enable the Somalia people with reliable, cost effective connectivity options, in order to stimulate growth in this sector, which until recently has been dominated by the global VSAT solution providers where costs are excessive and unaffordable for large scale uptake.

 

 

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