Konnect Africa has launched its innovative services and products including ‘pay as you go’ models and Wi-Fi hotspots schemes through local operators, telecom companies and resellers in Benin, Cameroon, Kenya, Lesotho, Nigeria, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania and Uganda.
The leading player in satellite broadband solutions aims to boost social and economic development in sub-Saharan Africa by reducing the digital divide through affordable broadband connectivity.
Laurent Grimaldi, Chief Executive Officer of Konnect Africa said, “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.”
The Eutelsat affiliate set up in 2015 seeks to demonstrate that satellite technology is the most relevant solution for unlocking access to the Internet on the continent.
Satellite broadband is not dependent on terrestrial infrastructure unlike mobile wireless or fibre technologies making the most accessible, efficient, affordable and easy-to-install Internet solution for populations in remote locations.
Konnect Africa’s first partners include a wide range of operators:
AfrikaNet GoSat, already active in the broadband-based internet telephone, VOIP options and provision of customer support and services in the satellite telecommunications industry in Cameroon and Côte d’Ivoire; Bentley Walker, known notably for designing efficient solutions for government and military customers with a Pan-African footprint; Bloosat, a leader in satellite services in Cameroon and Central Africa; and China Telecom (Africa and Middle East), that is establishing communications link between the African continent and the Asia-Pacific region.
Others are Coollink, a leading player in Nigeria with a broad portfolio of services addressing enterprise and consumer needs; Global Broadband Solution, a leader in internet and data solutions in the Democratic Republic of Congo; Ubora Systems, that focuses on IT solutions for government and administrations and business automation in Kenya; and Terrace Projects, a managed satellite service solution provider in South Africa.
Through dedicated commercial, marketing and technical support the company will provide these partners with the means to succeed with each relevant segment.
It will also train and reward local installers to enhance service quality and drive more talent into the industry.
Konnect Africa plans on covering most of sub-Saharan Africa by 2019.