High-performance internet connectivity was restored in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) within four days of the West Africa Cable System (WACS) undersea line cut, through the combined efforts of Gilat Telecom and SES. The recent cable cuts affected much of Sub-Saharan Africa, causing internet outages and slow speeds. The restoration of service to Gilat Telecom’s DRC customers was achieved using O3b Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) satellite capabilities.
Gilat Telecom has been an O3b Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) system customer of SES since 2014. It recently expanded its partnership with SES to provide more bandwidth to rural areas and extend services beyond Kinshasa and Lubumbashi, reaching unserved and under-served Kisangani, Mbuji-Mayi and Bunia, for customers such as Orange DRC.
Under the new agreement, Gilat Telecom is using multiple gigabyte bandwidth on the O3b system and is also adding services via SES’ Geostationary Earth Orbit (GEO) satellites. The expanded capabilities enabled by SES’s multi-orbit fleet will allow Gilat Telecom to deploy 4G/LTE networks and support cloud computing services, even in the remotest areas of the DRC