The lack of high-speed internet connectivity in West Africa has been more than just an irritation to individual customers, but it is also constraining economic growth in the region.
However, this is about to change.
Vodacom Business Nigeria and Intelsat took bold steps that may put the region on the fast track to broadband connectivity.
The enterprise unit of the South African-based Vodacom has signed an agreement with Intelsat for satellite services to expand its enterprise broadband networks and enable new and enhanced services throughout West Africa.
Vodacom Business Nigeria will utilize the satellite services on Intelsat 35e to deliver fast, high-quality and resilient broadband connectivity to the banking, oil and gas, and enterprise sectors across the region.
In addition, the agreement will enable Vodacom Business Nigeria to further enhance the services being offered to its existing customers in Nigeria; expand its offerings in the enterprise and Internet of Things sectors; as well as extend broadband connectivity in Nigeria.
“Everyone understands the power of connectivity, but it can be difficult to reach certain locations across Africa,” says Lanre Kolade, managing director of Vodacom Business Nigeria.
“By integrating Intelsat’s satellite services into our network, we are able to rapidly deploy our broadband network into new areas across West Africa and deliver fast, affordable internet access today. This means that people in the communities that we serve will gain access to services that will provide real benefits such as: business connectivity, news updates, and improved quality of services in healthcare, banking and education, in addition to promoting economic development of these communities.”
New York Stock Exchange-listed Intelsat operates the world’s first Globalized Network, delivering high-quality, cost-effective video and broadband services anywhere in the world. Its network combines the world’s largest satellite backbone with terrestrial infrastructure, managed services and an open, interoperable architecture to enable customers to drive revenue and reach through a new generation of network services.
“Intelsat Epic enables higher data rate applications and smaller terminals, enabling our customers to expand the applications that can be provided,” Brian Jakins, Intelsat’s regional vice president for Africa Sales, said.
“This means enterprises can expand into new regions and take advantage of business opportunities regardless of where they occur. And with the improved performance delivered by Intelsat Epic, Vodacom Business Nigeria’s customers will experience an improved quality of service as soon as the service is deployed. This positions Vodacom Business Nigeria for bigger operational and business success, and demonstrates that Intelsat is the partner of choice for network operators that want to deliver growth for their end users and the latest services for the population.”