Eutelsat, Kenya’s Intersat partner on new Internet services for West Africa

Parts of West Africa can expect improved internet access in the near future, following an agreement between Kenya-based Intersat and European provider Eutelsat.

The provision of Internet services will rely on the Eutelsat Konnect satellite, launched two years ago. The COVID-19 pandemic initially delayed progress on its operational capabilities, but deployment has since advanced.

The Gambia, Guinea-Bissau and Senegal will benefit from service coverage in areas where there is no internet access on land. This announcement marks Eutelsat’s latest entry into the African market.

“We are delighted to sign this long-term agreement with Intersat, which will enable us to offer reliable, high value-added connection services to communities, businesses and individuals currently facing the digital divide,” said Nicolas Baravalle, Director regional network of Eutelsat. director for sub-Saharan Africa.

“This agreement highlights the important needs of the African continent.

Aminata Sanyang of Intersat said the partnership will advance the company’s mission of ensuring that Africans have access to high quality internet service that puts individuals and businesses at the forefront.

Fifty-five percent of Eutelsat Konnect’s initial capacity was reserved for high-demand areas in Europe, while setting aside capacity to increase internet coverage in Africa.

The company provides television broadcasting services to millions of people in Africa, including some 60 million households in North Africa and the Horn region. It also serves 4 million households in French-speaking West Africa and an additional 2 million in sub-Saharan Africa.

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