Clint Brown, VP Sales and Market Development at SES, provided NexTV News with interesting insights about SES’s operations in Africa. SES is the world-leading satellite operator and the first to deliver a differentiated and scalable GEO-MEO offering worldwide, with over 50 satellites in Geostationary Earth Orbit (GEO) and 16 in Medium Earth Orbit (MEO).
In Africa, the satellite operator aims to bridge the digital divide in Africa, hence supporting the socio-economic growth on the continent. During NexTV CEO Africa 2018, Clint Brown who was a designated speaker, provided NexTV News Africa an exclusive interview shedding light on how SES is driving Africa towards the completion of the DSO.
SES works closely with many African countries and provides the government with all the solutions they would need to completely switch off from analogue. SES designs country specific solutions which is adapted to individual location and infrastructure. According to Clint Brown, the main reason behind the missed DSO deadlines in many African countries remains funding. He said, “Rolling out the DSO requires infrastructure, it requires people and all sorts of requirement which are challenged by lack of funding.”
“SES also works with or partners with national telcos to support the whole process. For all the countries, to go digital, the government looks for effective and economically efficient way of rolling out the DSO. And we, at SES, offer a very good tool for that,” Brown continued.
Rolling out of fibre takes time and more resources, however with satellite technology, remote African communities would be able to have access to DTT. SES not only steps in as the one stop shop addressing this issue, but it also has established a programme called Elevate in Africa, which helps build the skills of graduates and help then set up their own businesses within the direct-to-home (DTH) satellite industry.
SES mission is to increase the access to broadband internet and mobile telecommunications and also to lower the infrastructure costs by pushing forward the satellite support of existing technologies.