Advanced Telecommunications,
throughout Rural Africa

RascomStar and Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) are working on an E-learning project with African Universities. In this joint-venture, RascomStar provides the technical infrastructure, the satellite links and engineering, as well as the operational supervision and back-office support, while EPFL takes care of the e-learning content preparation, delivery and follow-up. Six university centers from four African countries (Cameroon, Senegal, Cote-d’Ivoire, and Benin) are at this date fully hitched to this growing e-learning network. Irrespective of the campuses geographical locations within the countries already on the move, more than 3000 students spread over the six university centers are capable to:

  • Delivering MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses)
  • Evaluatinge students through continuous assessment and exams
  • Interacting in forums with teachers and students

To deliver the above, telecommunication between EPFL in Switzerland and the African universities have to be permanently available and fully reliable.

EPFL has chosen RascomStar Satellite services to provide connectivity to universities in Cameroon and Ivory Coast. RascomStar delivered an end to end managed solution based on its satellite and Viasat LinkWay systems allowing EPFL to share a pool of bandwidth amongst the remote universities which allows its local partners to get bandwidth on demand to download MOOCs or upload student evaluations.

This system has been performing successfully over the past year allowing hundreds of students to access to EPFL MOOCs