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iSAT Africa and SES Networks to Provide Reliable 4G Services in East Africa through O3b mPOWER

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iSAT Africa and SES Networks to Provide Reliable 4G Services in East Africa through O3b mPOWER

Communities living in Africa’s easternmost peninsula will be able to enjoy 4G services on their mobile phones following a three-year partnership agreement signed by fixed satellite solutions and professional services provider iSAT Africa and SES (www.SES .com), the leader in global content connectivity solutions. The two companies announced today that this new service will first be available through SES’s O3b Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) constellation and then migrate and expand to SES’s next-generation MEO system, O3b mPOWER, in 2022.

iSAT Africa is well established in the region for adopting innovative mobile internet connectivity solutions for disconnected rural communities in Africa. Through SES’s highly flexible and scalable O3b mPOWER system that can provide high-speed, low-latency connectivity services from tens of megabits to multiple gigabits per second at a single site, iSAT Africa will be able to rapidly scale its network to meet the broad anticipated connectivity. demands. Fiber-like connectivity will equip iSAT Africa to enable local mobile operators to implement 4G services to bridge the digital divide. iSAT Africa is among the first companies in Africa to enroll in O3b mPOWER.

According to the GSMA 2020 report, mobile coverage has expanded rapidly in sub-Saharan Africa; 3G coverage expanded to 75% compared to 63% in 2017, while 4G doubled to almost 50% compared to 2017. However, the coverage gap in Sub-Saharan Africa remains the highest globally , since it houses 67% of the world’s population. covered by mobile broadband. This is because attempts to implement 4G networks in sparsely populated rural and remote areas continue to be an economic challenge. As telcos and internet service providers increasingly seek innovative, cost-effective yet reliable connectivity solutions, SES’s MEO satellite-based MEF certified service that can ensure seamless interconnectivity with any network is an ideal solution. .

“At iSAT Africa, we don’t just believe in bringing connectivity to everyone in Africa. It is also about offering differentiated, profitable and reliable services that will allow the expansion of several companies. This agreement represents a leap towards achieving that mission, as iSAT Africa can provide 4G services to communities and businesses located in underserved areas. As long-term partners of SES, we are confident that this innovative solution will allow us to offer differentiated connectivity services to our telecom customers, ”said Rakesh Kukreja, Founder and CEO of iSAT Africa.

John-Paul Hemingway, CEO of SES Networks, said: “We will be able to revolutionize the connectivity capabilities of mobile operators in Africa together through this agreement with iSAT Africa. The O3b and O3b mPOWER systems will easily enable the deployment of high-performance 4G services and networks for cloud applications, regardless of where they are located in the region. The increased flexibility and scalability of O3b mPOWER will truly connect Africans living in underserved areas in the most economically viable way. “

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