Press Release March 2011

Irish company Mandac is delighted to report winning a major project with the European Space Agency, in conjunction with Intersat Africa and Astra Broadband Service SA. The project will involve an initial deployment of more than 500 devices across five countries in East Africa over 12 months, with a further roll-out of 5,000 units over the next 3 years

Mandac’s product helps people to distribute internet access and was designed in Ireland for the Middle-East and Africa. It works on the basis of pre-pay, uses very little power, and supports a range of languages and payment options, including scratch cards and mobile phone credit.

This project is supported, and made possible, by The European Space Agency which supports technical innovations they consider good and innovative and which address a particular need. Qualifying projects are evaluated under their ARTES (Advance Research in TElecommunications Systems) program. Mandac’s device is low-maintenance and can be parachuted anywhere, low-cost single solution box, low-power consumption means that it will run off a car battery and ticked a number of boxes.

John Murphy, Mandac founder said “what makes our product special is its reliability and the fact that it requires no technical expertise on the ground. One button press and the shop is ready for business in 30 seconds. The pre-pay aspect removes all credit management risks. In Africa, where reliable power can be an issue, internet access doesn’t just help businesses in rural communities, it changes lives.”

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