Satellite service provider Intelsat has entered into a partnership with mobile communications company Vodacom to deliver broadband connectivity to the sub-Saharan African SOHO & SME Markets
The agreement outlines that Intelsat will roll out a managed broadband service, allowing Vodacom to offer a differentiated broadband service aimed at the small office/home office (SOHO) and small/medium enterprise (SME) customers within sub-Saharan Africa.
“Our agreement with Intelsat will enable Vodacom to provide our SME and enterprise customers with high quality, reliable, secure and cost-effective connectivity,” stated Vuyani Jarana, chief officer of Vodacom Business.
Intelsat will provide Ku-band satellite broadband capacity to Vodacom on Intelsat 28 at 32.8ºE and deliver a fully integrated and managed solution, using Hughes broadband satellite technology, the company said.
“This new and innovative solution demonstrates Intelsat’s leadership in satellite broadband connectivity,” stated Grant Marais, Intelsat’s Regional Vice President, Africa.
“We worked closely with Vodacom to address their future business demands, providing capacity through traditional wide and high-throughput satellite spot beams to locations where our customers need it most,” Marais added.