Gilat Telecom and SES has collaborated to restore internet connectivity in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) after four days of disruptive connection, resulting from the damage of undersea sea cables. The damaged submarine cable systems have in the past week disrupted internet connection in 12 West African countries, including the DRC.
On the other hand, SES operates the world’s only multi-orbit constellation of satellites with the unique combination of global coverage and high performance.
The CEO of Gilat Telecom, Dan Zajicek, said, “High-throughput, low-latency satellite solutions and applications enabled by SES have proved their reliability and performance, drastically changing the connectivity landscape in the DRC over the past years.”
An O3b MEO system customer of SES since 2014, and the first in Africa, Gilat Telecom recently extended its partnership with SES to offer more bandwidth to rural areas and cover services beyond Kinshasa and Lubumbashi, reaching unserved or under-served Kisangani, Mbuji-Mayi and Bunia, to customers such as Orange DRC.
Under the new agreement, Gilat Telecom is using multiple Gbps of bandwidth on the O3b system and is now also adding services via SES’s Geostationary Earth Orbit (GEO) satellites.
The extended capabilities enabled by SES’s multi-orbit fleet will enable Gilat Telecom to deploy 4G/LTE networks and support cloud computing services, even in the remotest areas of the DRC.
The Vice President of Sales in Africa at SES Networks, Carole Kamaitha, commented, “We cannot be more excited to see our long-standing partner and early adopter of O3b MEO growing, while unlocking more and more opportunities for MNOs in the DRC, this time taking advantage of the multi-orbit network that combines the benefits of MEO low-latency with the incredible reach of GEO.”