MainOne, a premier connectivity and data centre solutions company in West Africa, and Avanti Communications Group Plc, a leading provider of satellite data communications services in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), have signed an agreement to jointly improve broadband penetration across Nigeria.
The partnership will see both companies providing the latest KA-band based satellite communication services to enterprises located in remote areas of the country.
MainOne would leverage Avanti’s newest satellite, HYLAS 4, launched in April 2018 to enable highly flexible capacity services with 100 percent country coverage of Nigeria. Such coverage is most critical and would accelerate the time to deploy internet broadband services into remote areas that are difficult to reach by fibre infrastructure.
Avanti’s ECO initiative, which bundles broadband access, solar power and embedded Wi-Fi services for schools and small communities, will also be deployed in remote parts of the country where power availability and connectivity services remain a challenge.
The partnership was backed with the commissioning and launch of Avanti’s new Gateway Earth Station (GES) in Nigeria, hosted at MainOne’s Tier III Data Centre ‘MDXi’.
The Chief Operating Officer at Avanti, Libby Barr said “we are delighted to be partnering with MainOne and look forward to building a strong relationship to enable rollout of satellite broadband services across West Africa. Avanti’s products will greatly complement MainOne’s existing fibre-based networks by providing reliable connectivity services to its enterprise customers beyond its immediate fibre reach”.
She added that “we look forward to expanding our collaboration in serving the people of Nigeria and Africa with life-changing service”.
Mrs. Funke Opeke, the Chief Executive Officer of MainOne said that “our partnership with Avanti provides Nigeria the opportunity to accelerate expansion of broadband internet via satellite, to bridge the digital gap and improve digital transformation for more Nigerians”.