Africa Mobile Networks (AMC) Partners Intelsat To Connect Rural Sub-Saharan Africa
Intelsat has made a tactical investment in Africa Mobile Networks (AMN). The main purpose of the investment is to accelerate the installation of mobile connectivity to rural, unserved communities across multiple states in sub-Saharan Africa.
AMN provides operators with a network-as-a-service (NaaS) solution in which AMN will build, fund and operate the ultra-rural network for the operators. Because of this service solution, African mobile operators will then be able to broaden their coverage with minimal capex and opex risk. This will enable the growth of their revenue and their subscriber base. It will also allow operators to render improved services to their customers.
AMN’s CEO, Michael Darcy said that the high performance and flexibility of Intelsat’s satellite fleet over Africa made them the most compatible partner for AMN. He added that Intelsat also agrees that mobile coverage is not spreading fast, so that became the reason they invested in AMN’s vision of installing a cell site in every African village. Darcy believes that AMN together with Intelsat, will accelerate the installation of mobile connectivity and ensure that communities everywhere receive a high quality and affordable broadband connectivity.
Intelsat’s general manager of broadband and vice president, Jean-Philippe Gillet said that bringing mobile connectivity to Africa’s most rural areas requires a fusion of networks and unconventional business models and teaming up with AMN allows for precisely what is needed. He added that this partnership would enable Intelsat to deliver a system that will support the socio-economic development of communities throughout the sub-Saharan region in Africa.