Effective Tuesday 6th, June 2017, Konnect Africa; an affiliate of Eutelsat, the leading satellite operator with 40 years of experience – confirmed its bold ambitions for Sub-Saharan Africa (Benin, Cameroon, Kenya, Lesotho, Nigeria, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, and Uganda where the new-generation starts from). The company’s innovative service offerings and products, included packaged offers inspired by ‘pay as you go’ models and Wi-Fi hotspots schemes, have already convinced a number of local operators, telecom companies and resellers.
With products aligned with the preferences and habits of end-users, Konnect Africa is making a strong push with a double objective to be a partner of choice on the continent and to demonstrate how satellite technology is today the most relevant solution for unlocking access to the Internet in Africa.
Konnect Africa’s first partners; AfrikaNet GoSat, Bentley Walker, Bloosat, China Telecom (Africa and Middle East), Coollink, Global Broadband Solution, Ubora Systems, and Terrace Projects – include a wide range of operators, each with its specific DNA.
Leveraging expertise and knowledge, these partnerships reflect Konnect Africa’s approach to adapt to the specifics of each market to reach out to a vast audience. Wi-Fi hotspot access can be available for a few cents, family offers are being optimized for a few dozens of dollars, while high grade corporate services are also proposed to enable videoconferencing, storage, audio-visual content development and safe and reliable communication.
“This initiative echoes a broad ambition. Connecting Africa means changing the way people live, study, perform business, and transforming daily life. We aim to take broadband further and closer to multiple development sectors such as the healthcare system, education, agriculture or SMEs”, explained Laurent Grimaldi, Chief Executive Officer of Konnect Africa.
Unlike mobile wireless or fibre technologies, satellite broadband does not depend on terrestrial infrastructure and literally comes from above. It is seen as the best approach to provide populations in remote locations with access to efficient, cost-effective and easy-to-install internet solutions.