Paris headquartered Mobile and Internet services operator Orange has signed an agreement with satellite communications solutions provider SES Networks to reinforce connectivity in the Central African Republic. This move is geared towards at boosting internet access for growing small and medium scale businesses within the country.
Orange will use SES Network’s IP Transit solution, which will be delivered using its Medium Earth Orbit fleet and extensive ground infrastructure. This should deliver faster 3G services and better-quality internet connections for enterprises.
The Central African Republic has low internet penetration due to challenging terrain and lack of terrestrial infrastructure. It expects to enhance the performance of the local telecommunications sector and bring seamless connectivity to small businesses in the country.
“This new solution offers instant reach and better speed, allowing access to the very best of enterprise applications and a seamless user experience for all customers,” said Corinne Lozé, CEO at Orange Central African Republic.
Orange is the first operator to launch a 3G network in the Central African Republic, servicing over ten cities in the country. SES Network provides mobile data and payment services in four major cities using the Orange Money service.
It will leverage its partnership with Orange to eliminate digital bottlenecks across the country and enhance connectivity for small businesses that are keen to exploit the opportunities inherent in using the internet to grow reach and market reach.
“Our joint efforts will provide opportunities for local businesses and help bridge the digital divide, bringing connectivity even in remote areas where terrestrial telecoms infrastructures are not sufficient,” Carole Kamaitha, Vice President Africa, SES Networks said.