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The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has confirmed to MyBroadband that it is in discussions with SpaceX regarding its satellite-based Starlink Internet service. SpaceX this week opened pre-orders for its fast, low-latency satellite broadband service across the world, including in South Africa. Those interested in signing up can put down a deposit of $99 to...

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TelOne Zimbabwe has signed a multi-year agreement with Eutelsat to bring high-quality satellite broadband to the Southern African country. TelOne is a state-owned telecommunications company. The master service agreement will use the service of Eutelsat’s satellite broadband division, Konnect Africa, to bring connectivity to households and businesses located in remote and rural locations starting from...

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Liquid Telecom, Africa’s leading telecoms group, has renewed and expanded its Ku band capacity agreements on Eutelsat Communications’ EUTELSAT 7B satellite to support the extension of its VSAT broadband services. Liquid Telecom, Africa’s leading telecoms group, has renewed and expanded its Ku band capacity agreements on Eutelsat Communications’ EUTELSAT 7B satellite. Under this multi-year, multi...

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African telecoms operators are currently facing a growing demand for quality connectivity. The new satellite launched by China could help them respond. It could even allow them to attack new market niches.   The People’s Republic of China successfully launched a new mobile communications satellite on Wednesday, January 20. This is Tiantong 1-03, developed and built by the...

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Vodacom Group parent, the UK-headquartered Vodafone Group, has reached an agreement with AST SpaceMobile to launch the first phase of a space-based commercial mobile communications service in 2023. The project’s goal is to “transform mobile network coverage” for the 49 largest countries in the equatorial regions of Earth, including the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Mozambique,...

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Israel’s Amos-Spacecom and Yahsat are working with Geeks Without Frontiers to identify areas of cooperation for Humanitarian Satellite Connectivity during the ongoing covid-19 crisis in Africa. Both satellite providers are fully prepared to provide immediate satellite bandwidth to support basic internet, distance learning and telehealth to reach vulnerable populations. These companies have agreed to explore...

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Spacecom said it has signed a contract with pan-African telecommunications service provider Paratus to supply broadband connectivity via Amos-17, a fully digital high throughput satellite (HPS) designed to meet Africa’s fast-growing communication demands. The satellite’s C-Band HTS, Ka-Band and Ku-Band coverage enable broad regional beams and high throughput spot beams that maximise throughput and spectral...

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The government of Ethiopia is considering a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) to build its first communications satellite that is expected to cost over USD 350 million. Speaking to The Reporter on Wednesday, November 18, 2020, Director of the Ethiopian Space Science Technology Institute, Abdissa Yilma reiterated the government’s urgent demand to build and launch a communications satellite within...