UAE-based ISAT Africa and SES have inked a three-year agreement to launch 4G services in East Africa. The new service will be accessible first through SES’s O3b medium earth orbit (MEO) constellation to subsequently migrate and extended to SES’s next-generation MEO system, O3b mPOWER, in 2022.
The Founder and Managing Director at iSAT Africa, Rakesh Kukreja, said, “At iSAT Africa, we don’t just believe in delivering connectivity to everyone across Africa. It’s also about delivering differentiated, cost-effective and reliable services that will enable various businesses to expand. This agreement represents a leap towards achieving that mission with iSAT Africa being able to deliver 4G services to communities and businesses located in underserved areas. As long-term partners of SES, we are confident this innovative solution will enable us to offer differentiated connectivity services to our telco customers.”
iSAT Africa is well rooted in Africa for their latest mobile internet connectivity solutions for unconnected rural areas. The company will have the opportunity to scale its network to provide wide-ranging connectivity demands. This will be possible with SES’s highly flexible and scalable O3b mPOWER system. Furthermore, the fibre-like connectivity will equip iSAT Africa. This will therefore allow local mobile operators to provide 4G services to close the digital divide.
The CEO of SES Networks, John-Paul Hemingway, stated, “We will be able to revolutionise the connectivity capabilities of mobile operators across Africa together through this agreement with iSAT Africa. The O3b and O3b mPOWER systems will easily enable the deployment of 4G services and high-performance networks for cloud applications regardless of where they are across the region. The enhanced flexibility and scalability of O3b mPOWER will truly connect Africans living in underserved areas in the most economically viable manner.”