Super broadband for Sub-Saharan Africa schools
JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – SCHOOLS in Sub-Saharan Africa and their local communities are poised to enjoy affordable, superfast satellite broadband following multi-million Euro investment by a global satellite company.
Avanti Communications Group, a leading provider of satellite data communications services in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), has made the investment.
Its ECO offering delivers connectivity that drives economic and social gains for children, families, communities and businesses across the region.
Avanti’s first ECO contract, announced Friday, with the European Space Agency (ESA) includes a contribution of €10,7 million to aid in the deployment of the ECO initiative to 1 400 sites across Sub-Saharan Africa over the next two years.
Under the contract, Avanti will partner with Newtec to roll out an innovative technology platform that will deliver affordable connectivity, and will provide services through multiple partners.
Memorandums of Understanding on ECO have been signed with public and private agencies in Kenya, South Africa and Tanzania.
David Williams, Chief Executive Officer of Avanti, says through product innovation and a partner strategy, the company has found an economically viable way to deliver broadband to low income customers in rural Africa.
“Working with governments and local Service Providers, and with support from ESA, this first project is a significant step towards creating something that we hope will address a need across the entire continent.”
The investment is vital in that it is documented wider internet access will drive social transformation and economic growth in education, government and key industries.
– CAJ News
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