In a major deal anounced this week, Eutelsat Communications has been selected by Intersat to help deliver internet connectivity for three countries in West Africa.
The multi-year deal, representing several hundred Mbps, is to address the connectivity needs of enterprises, institutions and individuals in Gambia, Guinea Bissau and Senegal.
Intersat describes itself as is one of the largest and most respected providers of internet solutions in Africa, providing internet via satellite connectivity to some of the leading organizations, government institutions and the private sector.
Eutelsat Communications, a leading satellite operator, says Intersat will leverage the unparalleled coverage and reach of its Eutelsat Konnect satellite to provide a robust and high-quality internet service to customers located beyond the limits of terrestrial infrastructure.
The agreement, it is claimed, represents the totality of the available capacity over the three countries covered.
Eutelsat says that Eutelsat Konnect is a new-generation high throughput satellite (HTS) offering what is described as unprecedented operational flexibility, delivering significant resources for broadband services across Africa.
Eutelsat adds that, since its full entry into service a year ago, the satellite has enjoyed significant commercial momentum with wholesale and distribution agreements in many of the continent’s most populous countries.
High throughput satellites are so called because they achieve a significant increase in capacity by a high level of frequency re-use. This is made possible by spot beam technology which enables frequency re-use across multiple narrowly focused spot beams.