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Intelsat Announces That 5G Delivery In Africa Will Depend On Satellite Networks

According to the giant integrated satellite network solutions provider, Intelsat, the ability to deliver 5G in Africa would depend heavily on the allocation of satellite networks.

At the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2019 that was recently hosted in Barcelona, Intelsat stated that the arrival of high-throughput satellite (HTS) in Africa had resulted in increased demand for VSAT satellite services – and that this would be the key to unlocking connectivity in Africa where over 70% of the people remain unconnected.

The Managing Director of iWayAfrica’s Wholesale VSAT Division, Michèle Scanlon said that mobile and fibre networks were continuously increasing penetration in Africa and HTS satellite services were proving that they are able to deliver on the customer expectations for affordable high-speed connectivity in areas where even mobile networks don’t reach.

She noted that just like everywhere else in the world, Africa was seeing an increased reliance on internet connectivity as governments worked towards enabling new digital economies and many other associated economic benefits.

Scanlon said that while satellite is often the sole means of delivering broadband connectivity in Africa, there had been little to no price improvements for VSAT modems.
She added that just one example of the impact that satellite broadband connectivity could have was iWayAfrica's community project in Uganda which merged its Jupiter platform together with Intelsat's IS-28 wide-beam capacity.

Scanlon said that iWayAfrica would invest in new markets, especially in Central and West Africa, through finding new distributor channel partners for VSAT growth.

She noted that iWayAfrica aimed to bring broadband happiness to Africa in order to facilitate a bright digital future, especially in regions where there are no alternative means of connectivity.

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