October 3, 2011 - The Ministry of Information and Communication Technology (MICT) has allowed companies running Internet-dependant operations to acquire VSAT (Very Small Aperture Terminal), according to The Reporter.
The ministry issued some months ago a directive allowing companies and organizations which are dependent on the Internet and those working in remote areas of the country where there is no access to the Internet to use VSAT, according to Debretsion Gebremichael, Minister of MICT.
The move came on the heels of complaints from companies whose operations have been affected by frequent disruption to Internet connection and downtimes because of the existing congestion in telecom infrastructure, said sources anonymous on condition of anonymity.
While the broadband service which employs fiber optics, the latest technology in the telecom sector, is much faster than the VSAT system, which mainly uses satellites, some companies including the Ethiopian Shipping Lines are look forward to the option, according to Tewodros Negussie, IT manager at the national liner. “We will be waiting to see if the telecom infrastructure could come up with ‘miraculous’ improvement in the near future,” he said. “If the telecom infrastructure remains as it is now, we will be forced to resort to the costly VSAT system.”
The Ethiopian Airlines is also contemplating to acquire the VSAT technology should the telecom infrastructure remain unimproved, according to Kemeredin Bedru, the airline’s vice IT president.