SkyVision Wins National Bid for a Communications Project with Bank of Africa in Burkina Faso
A full communications solution through the SkyVision VPN service, connecting BoA headquarters in Ouagadougou to its branch offices throughout the country.
SkyVision Global Networks Ltd., a leading global communications provider, announced the successful implementation of the first phase of its project with the Bank of Africa (BOA) Burkina Faso, the country’s second largest financial institution. The project included implementing a full communications solution through the SkyVision VPN service, connecting BoA headquarters in Ouagadougou to its branch offices throughout the country.
“This project is an important win and an even more important milestone for SkyVision. We welcome the opportunity of a long term partnership with BOA and highly value our business relationship. We look forward to continue growing our mutual business and offering our solutions to the entire BOA Group”. Commented SkyVision CEO, Ori Watterman.
The combined solution included a Romantis UHP hub and SkyVision VPN, a VSAT-based communications solution that provides organizations with superior network performance and reliability. The advanced technology that drives SkyVision VPN provides customers with enhanced flexibility, enabling reliable control and system management across immense remote areas, such as those in Burkina Faso. Fully deployed and managed by SkyVision, SkyVision VPN is fast becoming one of Africa’s “solutions of choice,” delivering superior connectivity at a minimum cost.
BOA headquarters in Ouagadougou will host the Romantis hub, which will in turn converge to the remote sites (BOA branches) and operate in a fully autonomous environment dedicated solely to BOA sites. This allows them to connect their remote branch offices and quickly and efficiently, share information by means of voice and data applications, with no investment in additional infrastructure. Combined, the end-to-end solution meets BOA’s communications’ needs, including a full disaster recovery plan.
“In Africa, and in particular, Burkina Faso, reliable communications is mandatory to our business and one of our highest priorities. It is for this reason that we turned to SkyVision to deliver the most trustworthy and efficient connectivity solution on the market to ensure our daily operations run smoothly and securely. We have every confidence in their ability to meet and exceed our needs and to partner with us into the second phase of this important project.” said Toni Sebastien, CEO of BOA Burkina Faso.
General Manager of SkyVision Burkina Faso, Mr. Pascal Vokouma, also comments, “We have been awarded a tremendous opportunity to serve the financial industry in Burkina Faso and intend to continue to provide BOA with the utmost quality of service and customer support. We view the financial industry as a strategic market and highly value our partnership with BOA and the trust it has put into the company and its solutions.”
For over a decade, SkyVision has focused on enhancing connectivity in rural Africa, with the establishment of hubs and PoPs across Africa to deliver quality communications to customers nationwide.
More information about BOA-BURKINA FASO
BOA-BURKINA FASO, a leading player in the financing of the national economy, has been open to the public since March of 1998. With current capital of CFAF 11 billion, on 31 December 2013 it had a total of CFAF 414 billion in balance sheet assets, CFAF 287 billion in customer deposits, and CFAF 273 billion in customer loans. It has 200,000 accounts on its books and employs more than 300 people across a network of 32 branches.
Like other subsidiaries in the Group, BOA-BURKINA FASO is a universal commercial bank offering its customers the expertise of a strong and structured Group.
Today, the BANK OF AFRICA Group is established in seventeen countries, including eight in West Africa (Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Mali, Niger, Senegal, Togo and Ghana), four in East Africa (Burundi, Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania), one in Central Africa (Democratic Republic of the Congo), in the Indian Ocean and the Horn of Africa (Madagascar, Djibouti and Ethiopia) as well as in France, (a financial corporation specializing in financial transactions between Europe and Africa, including financial operations in the African diaspora in Europe).
This network includes seventeen commercial banks, a financial corporation, a housing bank, a brokerage firm, two investment companies, an asset management company and a Group representative office in Paris.
Since 2010, the BANK OF AFRICA Group has been majority-owned by BMCE Bank (Banque Marocaine du Commerce Extérieur), a key player in the Moroccan banking industry.
BMCE Bank provides strategic and operational support to the BANK OF AFRICA Group, as well as direct access to international markets through its presence in Europe and Asia. For more information, visit BankOfAfrica.net.
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