VSAT Field Engineering Training (SPECIAL INTENSIVE) (http://www.nigeriacomputers.com
), is a high demand program that takes place regularly in Africa.
* Why is it important for Africans to participate in this
Skills must be grown to keep up
with technology, business and societal needs, and most importantly to
drive the knowledge revolution. This in turn is creating tremendous
business and career opportunities for many who invest in high-demand
VSAT and Wireless skills and knowledge. The demand and need for digital
inclusion in Africa is massive. Because the demand for data services and
Internet access is escalating, developing human capital in Africa in
this vital area generates new employment, as well as social and
entrepreneurial opportunities. The course addresses this need with its
focus on developing local expertise in installation, design and
deployment in the key area of VSAT.
It was developed in response to the
growing telecom need that is driving demand for well-trained, certified
and competent telecom professionals. It is borne out of the necessity to
meet the needs of the African market.
* What kind of training is being implemented?
It is practical, Hands-ON training
program that comprises of Foundational and Skill building exercises in
VSAT Field Engineering. The emphasis is on how to install, test and
deploy VSAT in a live environment. Through the learning assignments,
participants will learn how to operate test equipment and acquire
satellite fundamental knowledge and practical installation skills.
African participants no longer need
to reinvent the wheel. Participants benefit from easy-to-follow steps
and professional guidance that work to help them succeed with VSAT
expertise. Areas covered include: Satellite Fundamentals, VSAT Network
Design, Link Budgets, VSAT Service, Site Survey, Site Commissioning.
To ensure participants derive
excellent quality and value from the learning exercise, the expert
facilitators are Experienced Satellite Communications Engineers with
over 18 years experience in the global VSAT and wireless RF connectivity
industry. They have
expertise in most satellite equipment: Radyne Comstream, Paradise
Datacom, Gilat - Skystar, HNS - GW , ViaSat - Linkstar and iDirect.
The facilitator has worked in over 22 African countries.
* Who is involved, how many?
The program is organized by Jidaw
Systems Ltd, African ICT human resources and consulting firm, based in
Lagos, Nigeria and other reputable ICT professionals and organizations.
Jidaw Systems, developed and runs the globally recognized ICT web
); Jidaw Systems was awarded a Certificate of Excellence at the ICT
Achievers Award 2005 in the Category "Top ICT SMME in Africa".
Instructors and consultants are
experienced satellite communications engineers with vast experience
deploying VSAT solutions in Africa. The program is organized throughout
Participants have attended from all
over the Africa from countries that include: Chad, Kenya, Guinea, DR
Congo, Liberia, Mozambique, Ghana, Eritrea, Benin republic and Nigeria.
The last VSAT program attracted participants from Ecobank in Liberia,
UNHCR in Chad, Ghana, Guinea, Benin republic and all over Nigeria.
* How many Africans rely on VSAT connections?
It's hard to give precise figures,
but 80% of Africa's Internet / international voice and data traffic is
carried via satellites/VSAT. Other competing technologies are either
unavailable or presently too costly to deploy with such effectiveness.
For example, fixed-line or wireless facilities cannot span continents to
link the most remote sites. And the undersea cable alternatives meant to
connect Africa to global voice and data environment have not been
effective. Most African countries have had to adopt VSAT based systems
to reach the rural areas and areas with difficult terrain that are
VSAT is deployed in Africa, because
it gives better availability than terrestrial systems that simply aren't
on the ground. 80% of
Africa's international voice and data traffic is carried via satellites.
The telecom and infrastructure need in Africa is still massive as less
than 5% of the populace have access to telephony in some countries and
over 80% of Africans live in the rural areas with little or no telecom
* What is the greatest challenge in implementing, running,
maintaining VSAT connections?
Incorrect evaluation of user
requirements often leads to the poor VSAT network design and the
provision of inadequate and inappropriate VSAT solutions.
Unprofessional VSAT network
designed to save costs delivers inferiors solutions that turn out to be
costly, time consuming and wasteful. This causes consumers to make wrong
choices with regard to equipment and solutions. Business types are not
the same. And even in the same business no two sites have the same
Internet requirements. One size does not fit all. For example, what is
the usage pattern - do remote sites have to transmit large amounts of
data regularly. What is the nature of data - video, text, graphics,
voice, etc. how often and heavy will the file downloads be? For example,
requirements for cyber cafés usually differ from requirements of a
When providing VSAT solutions there
is a need for in depth understanding of all the customers requirements
as well as proper planning for current needs and future growth with
regard to number of users and locations, traffic and information flow,
latency issues and response time. Professional network design is
required for effective VSAT deployment.
There is also
a local skills gap - lack of quality human capital can affect speedy and
effective response to critical time-bound issues. In some African
countries, it can often be difficult to find competent people to
implement and manage VSAT technologies. To make headway in a proactive
and meaningful manner, African countries need to develop local capacity
in this high value area. Other challenges in the VSAT area include High
start-up costs, cost of satellite airtime, rigid subscription plans and
lack of understanding by governments and regulatory bodies of what VSATs
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