Massive broadband expansion for West Africa

April 10, 2018 • Broadband, Companies, Editors Note, Enterprise Solution, Featured, Finance & Banks, Finance and Banking, Innovation, Mobile, Software, Technology, Telecoms


from SAVIOUS KWINIKA in Johannesburg, South Africa
JOHANNESBURG – KEY industries in West Africa are set to enjoy fast, high-quality and resilient broadband connectivity following an agreement between Vodacom Business Nigeria and Intelsat, the global satellite company.

Under a new multi-year agreement, Vodacom Business Nigeria will utilise the satellite services on Intelsat 35e to enhance services to banking, oil and gas, and enterprise sectors across the region.

In addition, the improved performance, efficiency and lower total cost of ownership delivered by Intelsat 35e, the fifth of the Intelsat EpicNG satellites, will enable Vodacom Business Nigeria further enhance services offered to its existing customers in Nigeria.

It will also expand its offerings in the enterprise and Internet of Things sectors as well as extend broadband connectivity in Nigeria.

Lanre Kolade, Managing Director, Vodacom Business Nigeria, said by integrating Intelsat’s satellite services into their network, his company was able to rapidly deploy broadband network into new areas across West Africa as well as deliver fast, affordable internet access.

“Everyone understands the power of connectivity, but it can be difficult to reach certain locations across Africa,” Kolade said.

Vodacom Business’ core infrastructure connects over 580 million people, across more than 40 African countries and includes over 50 satellite transponders, 24 dedicated teleports and access to multiple sub-sea cable landing ports.

The new partnership is based on Intelsat’s Globalized Network, which combines the world’s largest satellite backbone with terrestrial infrastructure, managed services and an open, interoperable architecture.

Brian Jakins, Intelsat’s Regional Vice President, Africa Sales, said this would assist enterprises expand into new regions and take advantage of business opportunities regardless of where they occur.

“And, with the improved performance delivered by Intelsat EpicNG, Vodacom Business Nigeria’s customers will experience an improved quality of service as soon as the service is deployed,” Jakins added.

– CAJ News




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