Tanzania Reaches Space Milestone by Securing Pivotal Orbital Slot

Tanzania has reached a pivotal achievement in advancing its space exploration plans by obtaining a vital orbital position at 16 degrees West for its imminent national satellite launch. This outstanding success was declared by the Minister of Information, Communication, and Information Technology, Nape Nnauye, marking a significant result from the recent 2023 World Radiocommunication Conference...

Madagascar: Telecom regulator launches tender, offering licenses for satellite-based telecom services

To develop faster, Madagascar will fully liberalize its telecommunications sector. The country’s telecom watchdog, the ARTEC, launched a tender in this framework last week.  Madagascar’s ICT regulator, the ARTEC, will award interested firms with licenses to launch and run public satellite communication networks. Applicants must submit their bids between 28 December 2023 and 28 March...

India & Mauritius Agree to Construct and Deploy Joint Small Satellite

India and Mauritius have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to construct and deploy a joint small satellite in Space, according to a press release. The MoU was signed by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and the Mauritius Research and Innovation Council (MRIC), marking a significant advance in international space collaboration. It was reportedly signed on November 1 in Port Louis, Mauritius, but was...

Starlink Establishes First Physical Office in Africa, Choosing Kenya as Base

While Starlink, the satellite internet company, initiated its African service in Nigeria, the company has opted to set up its first physical office on the continent in Kenya. SpaceX, the parent company of Starlink, recently posted a job opening for the position of Global Licencing Activation Manager, sub-Saharan Africa. The selected individual will be responsible...

Starlink launches first direct-to-phone satellites

Elon Musk’s SpaceX has launched its first Starlink satellites into orbit with the ability to communicate with regular cellular phones. The first six Direct-to-Phone/Direct-to-Cell Starlink satellites took off onboard a Falcon 9 rocket from the Vandenburg US Space Force base in California alongside a payload of 15 regular low-earth orbit (LEO) Starlink satellites used with the residential,...

Starlink launches satellite broadband internet services in eSwatini

eSwatini is the eighth African country to benefit from Starlink commercial services. The company was already present in Nigeria, Rwanda, Mozambique, Kenya, Malawi, Benin and Zambia. Starlink’s commercial satellite broadband internet services are now available in eSwatini. This was announced by the subsidiary of the American company SpaceX on Monday, December 18, in a publication on X....

MTN lines up LEO satellite partners

MTN is aiming to boost digital inclusion boost across its markets in Africa The giant telco is exploring multiple low-earth orbit (LEO) satellite partnerships  It has completed multiple trials and is working with potential partners, such as OneWeb, Starlink, Lynk Global and AST SpaceMobile Pan-African telco group MTN is seeking to improve digital inclusion across...

Libya: Internet service provider Rawafed signs a new agreement with Eutelsat to strengthen its services

According to DataReportal statistics, more than half of the Libyan population does not have access to the Internet. Rawafed relies on space technology to improve the quality and coverage of its services in a context marked by strong demand for high-speed connectivity.  Eutelsat OneWeb, the operating unit of Eutelsat Group, announced on Wednesday December 13...

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