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More Africa NewsAngola to leverage OneWeb to roll out the Internet in rural areas by 2021

May 16, 2019by myles

The President of the Republic of Angola, Joao Lourenço received in audience Greg Wyler, the founder of the satellite telecom provider One Web, on May 13, 2018.

During the meeting, it was agreed that the country will use the telecom equipment capabilities of the US telecommunications company to expand Internet access to rural areas by 2021.

Angola, aware of the low network coverage of the various telecom operators and the high cost of extending telecom infrastructure across the national territory, sees the satellite as a more economical and quick way to reach the populations residing in the country. hinterland and remote corners.

Angola is the second country in Africa to solicit OneWeb’s satellite Internet connectivity to open up populations far from urban centers. Before him, it was Rwanda.

On February 27, 2019, the country offered the connectivity of one of the six satellites propelled into space, by the telecom company.

The six telecoms equipments already propelled into space by OneWeb represent the first wave of a constellation of more than 650 satellites that the company wants to deploy in low orbit around the planet to bring the connection everywhere.

The first satellites already sent into space from the Kourou space launch base, in French Guiana, will be added to others that will be propelled by next year, from the French sites of Kourou and Baikonur in Kazakhstan.

Source: Agence Ecofin