More Africa NewsSafaricom and Intelsat partner to expand LTE coverage in Kenya

March 14, 2022by myles0

Safaricom has signed a multi-year contract with Intelsat to modernise its network and expand LTE coverage to more subscribers across the whole country.

Satellite fleet and connectivity infrastructure provider Intelsat will supply Safaricom with both cellular backhaul over satellite and enterprise connectivity services.

According to the companies, the availability of Safaricom LTE service everywhere will enhance connectivity for 68.9% of the Kenyan population that lives in rural areas.

In a statement the partners explain: “The power of Intelsat’s global satellite network, combined with Safaricom’s expertise, will ensure secure coverage, even in the most remote areas of the country. Intelsat’s network delivers carrier-grade and resilient bandwidth where and when it is needed most, ensuring a seamless, reliable experience for businesses to operate optimally, connect with their customers and benefit from new commercial opportunities, while end-users can stay in touch with family and friends, watch videos, or access a full range of e-services such as banking, health care and education. LTE technology delivers the fast mobile internet connectivity needed for an optimal experience, turning smartphones into powerful connected devices and opening up new opportunities.”

Gerishon Gitonga, head of Network Planning and Design, Safaricom, says: “Intelsat has long been a trusted partner of Safaricom. As we work toward providing LTE coverage everywhere, Intelsat’s ubiquitous satellite solutions complement terrestrial infrastructure, enabling us to connect people, businesses and communities, even in the most challenging locations. Intelsat’s understanding of our needs and the support provided by their Nairobi team ensured the success of this project and will be a great help as we grow the network.”

Intelsat Director of Sales in Africa, Hans Geldenhuys, adds: “This strategic partnership enables Safaricom to leverage our global hybrid network and expand its LTE coverage to remote areas and more subscribers in Kenya, helping them increase their revenue and provide an improved, more reliable experience to their customers, no matter where they are. The reach of our network across the African continent also offers growth opportunities as Safaricom looks to expand its activities in other countries in the region.”

Safaricom says it is now working on next generation innovation through connectivity everywhere, while Intelsat is currently leveraging its unparalleled global orbital and spectrum rights, scale, and partnerships to build the world’s first global 5G satellite-based, software-defined “network of networks.”

Source: IT Web Africa

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