Nashua mobile network in South Africa revealed today that it will introduce satellite phones in different parts of Africa starting next week.

The cell phone service provider will collaborate with Evosat, distributor of Inmarsat's Broadband Global Area Network (BGAN) service across Africa.

Until now, satellite connectivity has been impeded by prohibitively high costs, presenting a major difficulty for many companies and aid organizations in doing business, said Mark Taylor, Nashua Mobile managing director.

Taylor added that Nashua Mobile will sell terminals that will allow users to access data applications and make a voice call at the same time, access internet, e-mail as well as video conferencing.