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Planetsky and Real Image Join Forces to Improve High-Speed Internet in Sub-Saharan Africa

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Real Image Ltd, a pioneer in the provision of Internet Services and customized communications solutions in Swaziland, has signed a contract with leading provider of satellite communications Planetsky Ltd.

The strategic alliance is a move forward for Real Image, who introduced high-speed internet in Swaziland in 1999, as the solution that Planetsky has engineered for Real Image will be a first of its kind in Sub-Saharan Africa. Under the contract, Planetsky will provide Real Image with a complete turn-key, self managed, platform for the provision of one-way satellite broadband DVB-IP service to Real Image’s customers. End users of the service will subsequently notice increased performance and higher download speed.

Shane V. Hawkins, GM & COO at Planetsky states: “Using Planetsky’s VelocitySAT™ platform, Real Image will have full control over the services offered to their customers. Using an on-line interface, Real Image has the ability to provision capacity and manage bandwidth as they please. The solution is scalable in capacity and features, therefore, allowing Real Image to expand their services as needed and when required. The strategic alliance with Real Image will foster growth of broadband services throughout the region and we are excited to be associated with a market leader like Real Image.”

Ali Resting, MD at Real Image: “We are very excited to form a strategic alliance with Planetsky. The alliance with Planetsky to provide New Generation Broadband has been an exciting development for our company and the services provided will enable us to reach a wider client base while servicing remote areas where fixed line broadband is currently unavailable. What is more exciting for us is the fact that we can now tailor different packages with different line speeds which previously we were unable to do. This means the client will have a choice of speeds to choose from depending on their needs.”

The launch of the Real Image service via the Planetsky VelocitySAT™ platform and a discussion on the future of high-speed communications took place on the 16th of September 2009 in Swaziland. Guest speaker and presenters on the day included Mr. Shane Hawkins GM & COO (Planetsky), Mr. Ali Resting MD (Real Image Internet) and Mr. Tebogo Mogapi CEO (MTN Swaziland).

About Real Image

Real Image is an independent Swaziland Internet Service Provider and Computer Company offering Internet Connectivity, Web Publishing, E-Commerce, Business and Hosting services plus a full range of computer related services. The company was formed in 1991. Online Information and connectivity services were introduced with CompuServe in 1995 and Full Internet Services in 1996. As a leader in Internet technology, Real Image Internet provides Internet connectivity via its upstream partners, from two teleports situated in South Africa and Europe. In South Africa connectivity is provided from the local IP backbone (which includes international Internet connectivity) and in Europe directly from the first-tier international IP backbone. Multi-homing and international peering is used to ensure highest quality of service.

About Planetsky

Based in Cyprus, Planetsky is a leading provider of global satellite telecommunication and data services. Planetsky Limited Group provides Carriers, ISPs, corporate businesses, broadcasters and government/military bodies with secure and reliable satellite solutions and services such as Cellular Backhaul and optimization, IP Backbone and backhaul, Broadcasting, Virtual Private Networks (VPN) and custom Space Segment and Network Solutions. Planetsky has recently launched their new satellite communications portfolio and service offerings: VelocitySAT™ by Planetsky

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