Eutelsat and Paratus ink distribution deal for South Africa

Eutelsat Communications (Eutelsat) and Paratus have inked a multi-year distribution deal to offer high quality network connectivity to South Africa.

Under the terms of the agreement, Paratus will utilize the operational flexibility and power of EUTELSAT KONNECT, the new-gen high throughput satellite to offer connectivity to remote and rural locations across South Africa.

Such beneficiaries of this new service will include businesses operating in farming, game farms and the SME segment and consumers, for home working, home schooling and general Internet use.

The Managing Director of Paratus South Africa, Kallie Carlsen, said, “Getting connectivity in remote locations is not easy; while price is key to attracting customers, the quality of network – both connection and support – quickly proves more important. There is too often a disconnect between customer expectations and the delivery of service. With the partnership between Paratus and Eutelsat we aim to overcome these boundaries and provide superior services for South Africa.”

Introduced at the beginning of September 2020, Paratus’ offers bundles of 10, 20 and 30Mbps, with 24/7 technical support, and operating with small, cost-efficient dishes are already seeing a high level of demand, representing the growing need for high-speed connectivity in remote areas.

On the other hand, the Sales Director for Southern Africa at Eutelsat, Guido Merien-van Sprundel, stated, “We are delighted to partner with Paratus to bring high quality, reliable connectivity to businesses and consumers in South Africa who are currently in the digital divide. This agreement reflects the significant demand on the African continent, and the unparalleled assets of the EUTELSAT KONNECT satellite in enabling it to be efficiently met. This contract also highlights the pertinence of Eutelsat’s multi-channel distribution strategy.”