Future-Sat AFRICA

Africa is connected!

But 688.7 million people still live beyond 10km reach of a fibre node.

Source – CTO 2012

In 2014 the inventory of terrestrial fibre transmission networks in Africa totalled 958,901 km (Hamilton Research) and yet in 2014, 56% of the population of Africa still live more than 25 miles beyond the nearest fibre node (FTTH Council Africa)

Eventbrite - Future-Sat Africa 11th to 12th July 2017 "Smarter Networks"

  • Satellite communications still provides the only viable connectivity solution for much of Africa
  • Sparsely populated rural communities will never be economically viable to connect to broadband via fibre
  • Unlike other connectivity solutions, satellite offers the same broadband speeds regardless of distance from urban infrastructure
  • Satellite can offer 100% national coverage and can be rapidly deployed with full mobility to support Healthcare, Tourism, Military, Education, Aviation, Maritime and Large Enterprise
  • Satellite connectivity integrates seamlessly and supports other technologies to improve mobility, affordability, reliability and national broadband coverage

C-band communications are being represented by wireless manufacturers from developed countries to be of declining importance, but that is not the case in Africa. C-band communications benefi t from two physical characteristics that make it central to Africa’s environment: resistance to “rain fade” and availability of wide beams. Television, wireless, banking and fi nance, energy production, civil aviation, and government sectors are particularly reliant on satellite networks using C-band spectrum, which is prized for its reliability and scope of coverage.


Overall usage for satellite capacity in Sub-Saharan Africa increased at an 11% CAGR over 2009-2014. Euroconsult further anticipates an 11% CAGR for capacity leased over the next decade, for a total of close to 200 Gbps of traffic flowing over satellite. The tripling of TV signals in the last five years, growth in cellular backhaul requirements and the addition of more than 15,000 VSATs for various vertical segments have all contributed to the emergence of new requirements,”

According to Europa.EU, Researchers are taking data from satellite observations and combining it with first-hand experience from health workers to make smart tools that can predict where outbreaks of diseases driven by changes in environmental conditions, including climate, which bring rains and floods that carry such diseases into previously unexposed populations with little immunity. It can result in more frequent, severe epidemics, with dire socioeconomic consequences.


Analysys Mason conducted research to establish the role of satellite in mobile backhaul in Africa. One key conclusion was that there are many communities in Africa that have sizeable populations but are isolated from their closest neighbour and that such communities can be served most cost-eff ectively using a hybrid approach in which several base stations are connected locally with microwave, then the cluster is backhauled via satellite to the operator’s core network.

Thanks to Satellite, secure, mobile, reliable broadband connectivity is a reality across Africa.

An effective Multi-Technology infrastructure strategy will ensure the most cost efficient and effective connectivity solution. Satellite connectivity plays an essential role in Africa’s future digital communication strategy.

Future-Sat Africa 2016 asks the questions:

What are the future technologies, policies, regulations and service strategies that can support the development of the satellite sector?

How is Africa’s satellite industry aligning itself to support the wider communications mix?

What new services, bandwidth segments and footprint expansion developments are satellite operators planning?

How can C Band support and encourage national socio economic development?

How are end user’s requirements evolving, what new challenges are they facing and how can satellite ensure hey are part of the solution?

How are countries factoring in satellite and wireless technologies as a core component of communications and service resilience?

How can Satellite support the growing trend towards M2M connectivity?

How are high throughput Ka band satellites supporting broadband delivery to healthcare and education sectors?

How are the latest industry standards improving cyber security?

What is the future of Digital Broadcasting?

How is the Digital Dividend supporting data access in Africa?

What are the positions and growth strategies of satellite, fibre and wireless industry alliances?

Future-Sat-Africa 2016 will:

Future-Sat-Africa 2016 will deliver an innovative programme combining Keynote speeches, panel discussions, workshops, advisory clinics, private business meetings and high level networking opportunities allowing attendees to tailor their experience to refl ect their most pressing demands and objectives. Attendees will include Policy Makers, Regulators and Major ICT End Users from the Military, Oil and Gas, Education, Telecoms and other sectors, across Africa together with a select number of Satellite and Wireless service and infrastructure solution providers, brokers, vendors, consultants and investors who can support key business requirements.


For more information, to register to attend or to express interest in sponsorship opportunities,
please contact Extensia COO, Adrian Hall:

Tel: +44 (0)1904 622381  |  Email: ah@extensia-ltd.com