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2003 - current

UK headquartered NGO


BGan and VSAT network, currently seven sites in Africa (Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Nigeria and Tanzania). Ultimately the network could be made available to all organisational sites globally that have poor or unreliable terrestrial communications.

AfriConnect provide consultancy services, hardware, satellite installation, satellite bandwidth, DNS domain hosting, Mail relaying and far-side email scrubbing, security, monitoring and control, training and all necessary services.

AfriConnect also provide BGAN satellite modems for country offices where either a VSAT is unneccessary or inappropriate, or for a mobile employee..

Equipment deployed at each site include AfriConnect SatWidth or SatIP VSATs, Managed firewall router, SIP Unit (optional) and in some cases a VPN back to an AfriConnect managed VPN router in client HQ.

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1998 - current

Large US Governmental Health Organisation

Malaria research network – extensive research in the field of overcoming and mitigating this disease.


Project management, installation, commissioning and support for the roll-out of 12 sites, many in remote areas, using VSAT to provide internet connectivity, allowing researchers to send and receive email, search medical literature and databases, or share files and images 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

Permanent access to information is moving researchers in Africa toward a more efficient way of working with colleagues around the world. Sites range from a few 10’s of users at field stations to over 250 users at the main headquaters in Nairobi. The network is designed to allow hundreds of researchers in Africa to share satellite bandwidth, maximizing the usage of satellite capacity and minimizing cost per site.

The network has evolved significantly from its initial two sites sharing a 64kb satellite link, to the end of 2003 with 12 sites sharing approx 2MBps of in-& out-bound capacity, plus other direct links through local ISPs.

AfriConnect continues to provide ongoing support services for the network, and other non-VSAT sites.



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2003 - current

French Medical Research Organisation


VSAT network, initially 4 sites in Africa (Cameroon, Niger, Cote d’Ivoire, Central African Republic) and 3 planned for Vietnam. Ultimately the network could be made available to all organisational sites globally, totalling 23 sites.

AfriConnect provide consultancy services, hardware, satellite and other ICT installation, satellite bandwidth, voice services, web design, security, monitoring and control, training and all necessary services.

Equipment deployed at each site included AfriConnect SatWise integrated terminal equipment : VSAT, Managed Switch, VoIP Unit (optional) Linux Server, Firewall Mail server (SMTP / POP3 / Webmail) with virus scanning, Intranet host.


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2003-7

Group of Military and International Health Organisations


Study programme in a rural area of Northern Ghana where a VSAT system was already deployed.

Improved connectivity was required in order to support a planned malaria vaccine trial. The requirement was to ensure that mobile nurses, field workers and clinics must have wholly reliable communications, both voice, messaging and Internet access when in villages which have no power supply or conventional means of communication.


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2004

Large College in Malawi


Development of an ICT Strategy for the college to cover the next three years following the mandate to quadruple the number of students trained as doctors in order to support the Malawi Ministry of Health.


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1996 – 2004 - current

Large African Trade Organisation


Design, consultancy, training, telecommunications / networking, e-commerce, and support services. Implementation of oranisation website and its transition to a bi-lingual (French/English) user driven content managed portal, their Secretariat network infrastructure and Internet access.

AfriConnect provide domain management, mail far-side scrubbing, website hosting for several of their websites including mirroring primary servers in Africa on the Internet in Europe.

AfriConnect are designing and implemented an intranet web portal for use throughout the organisation in Africa.


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2003

Medical Research based Organisation, Gambia


Needs analysis and appraisal visits to organisations research sites in the Gambia. Preparation of detailed Request for Proposal for organisation, to enable it to tender for broadband VSAT Internet connectivity at their two research sites.

Expansion to two further VSAT sites is expected as a secondary phase to the project.



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2003

Large US-Funded International Health Organisation


Complete review of the organisations communications needs in Kenya for the next 5 years.

Scope included: fixed and mobile Internet access for research and field workers based on satellite, wireless, GSM and conventional connectivity options.


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2003 - 2009

Scientific Publications Organisation


The organisation is a cooperative network of partners tasked with enhancing the flow of scientific information between countries, especially those with less developed systems of publication and dissemination.

Following concerns over bandwidth available at Universities in LDCs, the organisation commissioned a study to provide bodies seeking to optimise Internet access with sources of information, and potential solutions and cost reducing measures. This detailed 265-page report provides practical suggestions and recommendations for improved management of Internet applications, so that existing bandwidth can be made more productive. It includes eight case studies drawn from Africa and Asia to highlight best practice in maximising bandwidth.

AfriConnect has provided strategic guidance, software and training material for the Bandwidth Optimisation Training being co-ordinated by this International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications. AfriConnect have facilitated several hands-on network traffic monitoring and analysis workshops in various universities throughout Africa and in South America as part of this programme. Participants received a Linux based bootable CD network toolkit, recommendations on building a simple to administer Linux based network monitoring system, and a CD compendium of possible tools and white papers, in addition to electronic copies of all workshop materials.


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2001 - current

Large College in Malawi


Initiative to improve ICT and in particular Internet connectivity, with the installation of a wide area network to providing internal communication and full Internet access to around 100 PCs throughout the college.

The WAN, which utilises ‘permanently on’ broadband wireless networking, was commissioned in April 2002, linking together all departments, which in turn connected to the local Internet provider, as well as across to their own satellite link to the Internet backbone. Departments that did not already have a local area network also had one installed at this time.

All computers were effectively joined in one wide area network (WAN) that now links over 250 PCs used by both staff, students, administrators and researchers.

One of Sub Saharan Africas most powerful research infrastructures for studying tropical disease together with top-of-the-line laboratory facilities had been given a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Scanner.

A whole new unit was established, in its own building, to house the scanner and the associated clinic support staff and servers. Quality fast Internet access is a pre-requisite for the operation of the scanner, both in terms of getting images back to the USA analysis each day, and also for the remote online maintenance of scanner itself using a VPN.

AfriConnect was approached to provide the VSAT connectivity together with a local internet capability and ability to use the VSAT as a back up to other crucial connectivity needs in the College should the main VSAT malfunction - or as happened in early 2010 the main ISP connection into Malawi was disrupted. .


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2000

Global NGO, Uganda


Project to design and tender for a VSAT network designed to provide Internet connectivity to 15 secondary schools in rural Uganda, some of which had onwards wireless connections to further locations, and where significant expansion was possible.


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1999-2000

Global NGO, Zambia

This project provided a new computerised management system for hundreds of microfinance projects around Zambia, complete with connectivity from nine regional capitals giving access to a common database. The scope of work was to specify the system, tender, recruit staff, build the associated website, provide initial connectivity and train staff.


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