OneWeb, Airtel Africa collaboration | Advanced Television

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OneWeb has announced the signing of a distribution partnership agreement with Airtel Africa, a provider of telecommunications and mobile money services across Africa. This strategic agreement will help deliver OneWeb’s high-speed, low-latency LEO connectivity services to government and enterprise customers across the continent.

The partnership will focus on providing satellite communications services to business and civil government customers for a wide range of use cases including connectivity in rural areas, agriculture, hospitals, hotels , schools and in the energy and mining sectors. OneWeb and Airtel Africa will also provide critical links in unserved and underserved regions.

This latest announcement builds on OneWeb’s existing initiatives in Africa, including Satellite Network Portal (SNP) installations in Angola, South Africa, Ghana, Senegal and Mauritius. With just four more launches to go, OneWeb also remains on track to activate its coverage solutions in Africa, and elsewhere in the world, in 2023.

Ben Griffin, VP Mobility and AMEA at OneWeb said“At OneWeb, we believe that being connected everywhere changes everything, so we are delighted to work with Airtel Africa to improve OneWeb’s connectivity solutions on the African continent. This is a strategic fit, given our shared commitment to resilience and excellence in communications services and the partnership represents another exciting step on our path to delivering global connectivity. We look forward to delivering high performance service across Africa, even in the most difficult to reach places.

Luc Serviant, Group Enterprise Director, Airtel Business at Airtel Africa, added: “Internet penetration is increasing across Africa and systems are even more connected as digital transformation drives the growth of organizations. Through our partnership with OneWeb, we will help SMEs, entrepreneurs, enterprises and governments do business across Africa, with low latency and highly resilient communication services. OneWeb and Airtel Africa will begin testing the service in South Africa in September, with plans to achieve full coverage in 2023 across Airtel Africa’s entire footprint, including 14 East African countries. central and western.

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