West Africa: Vodacom Business, Intelsat to expand broadband connectivity in West Africa

West Africa: Vodacom Business, Intelsat to expand broadband connectivity in West Africa

Intelsat S.A. operator of the Globalized Network and integrated satellite solutions company, has announced that Vodacom Business Nigeria has signed an agreement for satellite services to expand its enterprise broadband networks and enable new and enhanced services throughout West Africa.

Under a new multi-year agreement, Vodacom Business Nigeria will utilise the satellite services on Intelsat 35e with an aim to deliver fast, high-quality and resilient broadband connectivity to the banking, oil and gas, and enterprise sectors across West Africa. In addition, the partnership will enable Vodacom Business Nigeria to further enhance the services being offered to its existing customers in Nigeria; expand its offerings in the enterprise and Internet of Things sectors; as well as extend broadband connectivity in Nigeria.

“Everyone understands the power of connectivity, but it can be difficult to reach certain locations across Africa,” Lanre Kolade, Managing Director, Vodacom Business Nigeria said. “By integrating Intelsat’s satellite services into our network, we are able to rapidly deploy our broadband network into new areas across West Africa and deliver fast, affordable internet access today. This means that people in the communities that we serve will gain access to services that will provide real benefits such as: business connectivity, news updates, improved quality of services in healthcare, banking and education, in addition to promoting economic development of these communities. All these will be made possible following the newly signed agreement with Intelsat, which is to further improve on Vodacom Business Nigeria’s current satellite capabilities and reach.”

“Intelsat Epic enables higher data rate applications and smaller terminals, enabling our customers to expand the applications that can be provided,” Brian Jakins, Intelsat’s Regional Vice President, Africa Sales, said. “This means enterprises can expand into new regions and take advantage of business opportunities regardless of where they occur. And with the improved performance delivered by Intelsat EpicNG, Vodacom Business Nigeria’s customers will experience an improved quality of service as soon as the service is deployed. This positions Vodacom Business Nigeria for bigger operational and business success, and demonstrates that Intelsat is the partner of choice for network operators that want to deliver growth for their end users and the latest services for the population.”

Source: IT News Africa



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