Eutelsat has concluded an agreement with distribution partner InterSat to offer “konnect” broadband service to a network of 170 post offices in Ivory Coast. Under the multi-year contract, “La Poste” locations will be equipped with konnect Wi-Fi hotspots in white zones, which will enable the locations to provide broadband solutions to local customers.
The service rollout will start this month and take place over six months.
Eutelsat started direct distribution broadband through its retail distribution arm called konnect in Europe and Africa in late 2020. Eutelsat is exploiting a multi-channel retail strategy with online distribution and telesales in Europe and multiple channel partners and retail stores in Africa. The company stated in November 2020 that initial distribution is focused on the United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, Spain, and Portugal in Europe and Ivory Coast and Democratic Republic of Congo in Africa, progressively increasing to cover the 15 European and 39 African markets in the KONNECT satellite’s footprint.
The CEO of Konnect Africa, Philippe Baudrier, said, “This agreement is the perfect example of how konnect can help both public and private entities in Africa to bridge the digital divide in rural areas. Already providing connectivity to schools, clinics and health centers in several countries, konnect is re-defining connectivity expectations for people who live and work beyond reach of terrestrial networks.”