Globacom, Eutelsat to connect Nigerian underserved regions via satellite

By Adeyemi Adepetun
Globacom has signed a multi-year, multi-Gbps wholesale capacity contract with Eutelsat Communications, which will enable the firm to extend its coverage beyond the reach of its terrestrial infrastructure, leveraging the Eutelsat Konnect satellite.

Signed in the presence of the French President, Emmanuel Macron, in Paris, France, the service will be used to deliver high-speed broadband via satellite to businesses and communities in unconnected and underserved areas throughout Nigeria.

The firm, in a statement, disclosed that in service since early 2021, Eutelsat Konnect, is a new-generation High Throughput Satellite offering unprecedented operational flexibility. It delivers significant resources for broadband services with quasi-complete coverage of sub-Saharan Africa, it addresses direct-to-user consumer and enterprise broadband services, with a comprehensive range of packages from bite-sized “pay as you go” vouchers through to monthly and yearly contracts.

Commenting on the agreement, Chief Executive Officer of Eutelsat, Rodolphe Belmer, said: “We are honoured to have been selected by Globacom, one of the leading telecommunications operators in Africa’s most populous market, to extend the reach of its services. This agreement illustrates the unparalled resources of our powerful Eutelsat Konnect satellite to satisfy the strong demand for connectivity in underserved regions throughout the African continent.”

Chairman of Globacom Limited, Dr. Mike Adenuga Jr., added: “We are delighted to add satellite services to our portfolio, leveraging the state-of-the-art Eutelsat Konnect satellite to extend connectivity to even far-flung areas in Nigeria, in line with our mission to build Africa’s biggest and best telecommunications network. The infrastructure will complement our Glo 1 submarine cable and extensive fibre optic layout across the country.”


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