Rural areas in South Africa now using prepaid satellite broadband

Maxwell Technology, a developer and manufacturer of energy storage and power delivery-related solutions, has announced the launch of Satellite Hot Spot in South Africa’s rural and township areas.

The AMOS 5 satellite, which requires only an on-site satellite dishes and routers, is will now be in use to provide connectivity to the country’s most remote regions.

The company said it is targeting the township and rural entrepreneurs looking to set up businesses such as cyber cafes, hotels or lodges in the rural areas.

Wireless operators looking for a stable alternative or addition to their terrestrial infrastructure could also use the facility.

The distinguishing feature Maxwell’s technology has include its billing model that charges users for the connectivity used, just like a prepaid model.

The billing model, described as a huge innovation by Shimri Lotan, the sales director of Sat-Space Africa, is one of the first of its kind in Africa.

Lotan explained that the prepaid approach was pioneered in South Africa and lie behind the phenomenal growth of the country’s mobile market.

Maxwell Technology, a subsidiary of Barnstone Corporate Holdings, provides last-mile connectivity solutions.

It is a leading innovator of cost-effective energy storage and power delivery solutions. In June, the editors of R&D Magazine recognized Maxwell’s ultracapacitor-based Engine Start Module (ESM) for medium and heavy duty trucks, as one of the 100 most technologically significant products introduced into the marketplace over the past year.

The awards have since 1963 identified revolutionary technologies introduced to the market.

Maxwell Technologies is headquartered in San Diego, California, with a European base of operations in Rossens, Switzerland.

The employs presently employs an estimated 250 people worldwide.

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