Partnership to accelerate Africa broadband connectivityMTHULISI SIBANDA
JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – INTELSAT and AfricaOnline have partnered to provide a managed broadband internet service for sub-Saharan Africa.
The companies are the operator of the world’s first Globalized Network, powered by its leading satellite backbone, and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Gondwana International Networks, a leading provider of communications solutions across Africa, respectively.
Under the agreement, Intelsat will provide satellite services via Intelsat 28 located at 33° East, and Gondwana will provide ground support and network management services from AfricaOnline’s facilities at Hartebeesthoek in South Africa.
The Virtual Network Operator (VNO) platform leverages Intelsat’s extensive service infrastructure and Gondwana’s network management expertise to facilitate easier deployment of Ku-band very small aperture terminal (VSAT) services.
This is beneficial to VSAT operators, distributors and end-users alike and allows VSAT operators to focus on marketing, service provisioning/support and their customers, and not on network infrastructure.
Mathew Welthagen, CEO of Gondwana International Networks, said they wanted to be the preferred provider of VSAT services across Africa.
“This initiative with Intelsat allows us to enhance our portfolio of service offerings,” said Welthagen.
Kurt Riegelman, Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Intelsat, said enabling connectivity to communities and businesses wasat the core of everything the company did.
Intelsat believes the partnership with AfricaOnline and Gondwana International Networks would provide millions of people working in Sub-Saharan Africa businesses with access to high quality and affordable internet service.
“The continent is materially underserved with relatively low internet penetration,” said Riegelman.
– CAJ News
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