SpaceCom and Ignite Power put technology at the service of health in Africa. By combining the high-speed internet connectivity of the AMOS-17 satellite from one to the solar-powered electricity grid of the other, they are determined to provide e-health solutions in rural areas.
Israeli telecom satellite operator SpaceCom and Ignite Power (the pan-African developer and financier of solar solutions) announced the signing of a strategic cooperation agreement on October 13, 2020. The two companies have agreed to collaborate to provide connectivity solutions for e-health in sub-Saharan Africa.
SpaceCom will provide high-speed connectivity for its AMOS-17 satellite while Ignite Power will provide its off-grid solar energy solutions and sustainable diagnostic systems. Combined, they will form an effective basic infrastructure for the delivery of digital medical services to communities and rural areas.
Local populations and medical teams will then have immediate access to medical specialists around the world, as well as to cloud-based data analytics. With the support of medical experts around the world, doctors and nurses in rural Africa will also have the opportunity to improve their knowledge of new medical treatments and procedures.
Dan Zajicek, CEO of SpaceCom, said that “ providing Internet connectivity to rural areas in Africa is a major pillar of SpaceCom’s strategy to bridge the digital divide ”.
He explained that the “ partnership with Ignite Power is a big step forward to have a pan-African impact. Together, no place is too far away for us. It is an honor to be able to make a difference in people’s lives and it is invaluable to see the level of appreciation for something that seems trivial to most ”.