Eutelsat Communications’ Konnect Africa Launches Satellite Internet Access Offers In The DRC

Konnect Africa, a subsidiary of the giant satellite operator Eutelsat (Paris:ETL) which provides satellite broadband on the African continent, announced the deployment of its Internet access offers throughout the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The ICT Development Index that is published annually by the International Telecommunication Union shows that currently, less than 3% of Congolese households have access to the internet.
Less than 1% of the Congolese people currently have access to the internet through terrestrial networks because poor connectivity is a serious obstacle to the economic development of the DRC, according to the ITU.

Konnect Africa has now decided to provide a robust response to the digital divide by rolling out a selection of eight internet access offers for businesses and individuals.
The internet access offer will be available at affordable prices suitable for all consumer profiles.
Konnect Africa will offer packages of up to 5 GB of data, and also unlimited packages for professionals. For the launch, Konnect Africa will also run a promotion on this new range.

Konnect Africa has made sure that it has covered the whole Congolese territory by working together with a broad network of local partners who specialise in many different fields ranging from the distribution of television and telecom services to financial services. The internet access offers have been made available in six large cities of the Democratic Republic of Congo via a network of eight resellers who supply nearly 500 retail points and stores.
These offers will be supplemented soon by the upcoming arrival of Konnect Wifi,  a Wi-Fi hotspot service which will offer broadband internet access at busy points such as in schools, hospitals and universities, etc.

At the launch of Konnect Africa's services in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the CEO of Konnect Africa, Jean-Claude Tshipama stated that Konnect Africa was proud to offer the Congolese people robust connectivity solutions in a country that is one of the leading African markets for internet via satellite.
He added that Konnect Africa prided itself in responding to the need to promote digital inclusion on the African continent and that the organisation was currently deploying internet access in approximately 20 other countries in Africa.

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