LUXEMBOURG – (COMMERCIAL THREAD) – Communities living across Africa’s easternmost peninsula will be able to enjoy 4G services on their mobile phones following a three-year partnership agreement signed by the provider of fixed satellite solutions and professional services , iSAT Africa and SES, the global leader in content connectivity solutions. The two companies announced today that this new service will first be available through SES’s O3b constellation in medium earth orbit (MEO) and then migrate and expand to SES’s next-generation MEO system, O3b mPOWER, in 2022. .
iSAT Africa is well established in the region to adopt innovative mobile internet connectivity solutions for rural unconnected communities in Africa. With SES’s highly flexible and scalable O3b mPOWER system, capable of delivering low-latency high-speed connectivity services from tens of megabits to several gigabits per second at a single site, iSAT Africa will be able to rapidly scale its network to meet the expected extended connectivity. requests. Fiber-type connectivity will equip iSAT Africa to enable local mobile operators to deploy 4G services to bridge the digital divide. iSAT Africa is among the first companies in Africa to join O3b mPOWER.
According to the GSMA 2020 report, mobile coverage has expanded rapidly in sub-Saharan Africa; 3G coverage expanded to 75% compared to 63% in 2017, while 4G doubled to almost 50% compared to 2017. However, the coverage gap in sub-Saharan Africa remains the highest in the world because it is home to 67% of the world’s population not covered by mobile broadband. Indeed, attempts to deploy 4G networks in sparsely populated rural and remote areas remain an economic challenge. As telecom operators and internet service providers increasingly seek innovative, cost-effective and reliable connectivity solutions, SES’s MEF-certified satellite MEO service that can provide seamless interconnectivity with any network is a priority. ideal solution.
“At iSAT Africa, we don’t just believe in providing connectivity to everyone across Africa. It is also about providing differentiated, profitable and reliable services that will allow various businesses to grow. This agreement represents a step towards achieving this mission, as iSAT Africa is able to provide 4G services to communities and businesses located in underserved areas. As long-term partners of SES, we are confident that this innovative solution will allow us to offer differentiated connectivity services to our telecom customers, ”said Rakesh Kukreja, Founder and Managing Director of iSAT Africa.
John-Paul Hemingway, CEO of SES Networks, said: “Together we will be able to revolutionize the connectivity capabilities of mobile operators across Africa through this agreement with iSAT Africa. The O3b and O3b mPOWER systems will easily enable the deployment of 4G services and high performance networks for cloud applications anywhere in the region. The improved flexibility and scalability of O3b mPOWER will truly connect Africans living in underserved areas in the most economically viable way.
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SES has a bold vision to deliver incredible experiences anywhere on earth by distributing the highest quality video content and providing seamless connectivity around the world. As a leader in global content connectivity solutions, SES operates the world’s only constellation of multi-orbital satellites offering a unique combination of global coverage and high performance, including low latency and low latency O3b. By leveraging a large and intelligent, cloud-enabled network, SES is able to deliver high-quality connectivity solutions anywhere on land, at sea or in the air, and is a trusted partner of leading companies in telecommunications, mobile network operators, governments of the world. , cloud and connectivity service providers, broadcasters, video platform operators and content owners. SES’s video network offers more than 8,200 channels and an unmatched reach of 361 million homes, providing managed multimedia services for linear and non-linear content. The company is listed on the Paris and Luxembourg stock exchanges (Ticker: SESG). Further information is available at: www.ses.com.
About iSAT Africa
iSAT Africa, a rapidly growing communications services provider in Africa and the Middle East, is a United Arab Emirates-based company with a mission to transform the way Africa connects and stays connected with the rest of the world. . ISAT’s unique connectivity solutions deliver efficiency, reliability and affordability for data, internet, voice and video solutions. These customized solutions serve broadcast and media organizations, multinationals, major ISPs, government and non-government organizations as well as Tier 1 telecommunications operators.
With its network of partners and service providers, iSAT Africa is able to satisfactorily provide end-to-end solutions, turnkey solutions and managed services to its clients / partners in the shortest possible time while respecting agreed service level agreements.
ISAT’s satellite solutions, supported by powerful satellites, teleport and data infrastructure, the latest technologies and in-house human expertise, are quite unique in the industry. It is in this context that iSAT Africa is joining forces with other leaders in the telecommunications sector in order to adequately respond to the ever increasing demand of its customers for telecommunications services on the African continent.