Ghana has become the first West African country with a Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite gateway station.
The satellite company OneWeb, announced that it had successfully completed the installation of 15 OneWeb antennas and associated equipment at a Satellite Network Portal (SNP) in Accra, Ghana’s capital in collaboration with TinSky Connect, a converged communication solutions provider.
The getaway station is located on a six-hectare facility in Tema. It is currently being commissioned and it will be operational later this year.
This property is owned by ComSys and operations within will be managed and hosted by them on behalf of OneWeb. And, TinSky Connect was chosen as OneWeb’s technical engineering partner for its first West African SNP project.
According to Alan Geldenhuys, TinSky’s Group Executive Director, a good teamwork collaboration between TinSky and OneWeb ensured a successful project completion and installation of all antenna elements in just six weeks.
“The site is now commissioning and will be ready for service later in 2022. Tinsky understood the complexity of the multiple satellite ‘hand-offs’ each gateway has to achieve per second and deployed a highly experienced team of field engineers that provided advanced system engineering and technical services addressing OneWeb’s mission-critical SNP gateway needs, at low risk and within budget. The teamwork between OneWeb and TinSky resulted in the project successfully completed and all SNP gateways handed over within the schedule,” commented Geldenhuys.
TinSky Connect is a leading provider of converged communication solutions to Africa’s satellite, wireless, and land/airborne mobility markets. With 21 years of experience, the company has played a major role in developing several leading first-to-market satellite solutions and managed service offerings, including managed service platforms, radio telescopes, and land/air mobility solutions.
“TinSky has the experience to consistently deliver technically challenging projects on time and within budget. We now look forward to delivering the same high standard of work on our other ongoing projects in other key locations on the continent,” noted Geldenhuys.