LONDON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--SatADSL proudly announces its participation in the public-private partnership between the European Space Agency (“ESA”) and leading provider of satellite data communications services, Avanti Communications (“Avanti”), for deployment of the ECO initiative. ECO, developed by Avanti and part of ESA’s ARTES partner programme, will deliver affordable wireless connectivity to 1,400 community sites across Sub-Saharan Africa using a new Wi-Fi hotspot service over the next two years. The solar-powered Wi-Fi hotspots will be hosted at schools which will in turn benefit from the subsidised broadband access.
SatADSL’s involvement in the ECO project focuses on deploying the hotspot terminal infrastructure, based on technology provider Newtec’s Dialog platform, and improving its services in Sub-Saharan Africa by optimising the infrastructure for High Throughput Satellites (HTS). SatADSL will additionally expand its current range of services in Africa, rolling out its e-learning solution, piloted in Ghana. Together with its current commercial partners in Ghana, SatADSL will manage a pilot phase of the service consisting of more than a hundred schools being equipped through the project. SatADSL will deliver ECO services in specific verticals, including Cyber Cafes, through a number of partners. To access the Internet connectivity, users within range of the Wi-Fi hotspot, will be able to buy broadband credits via an e-Commerce web page, paying through mobile money.
Under the new partnership, ESA will contribute up to €10.7 million in funding that Avanti, Newtec and SatADSL will use to bring rural communities across Sub-Saharan Africa online with the advanced new technology platform.
SatADSL is a Belgian company based in Brussels. It was created in 2010 to offer professional and cost-effective satellite Internet services in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). By 2016, the company has brought more than 2,000 remote sites in this region online. SatADSL also designs specialized solutions for the specific requirements of customers in such various markets as banking, transferring money, microfinance, oil and gas, non-governmental organisations, radio and television broadcasting, distribution and retail, Internet cafés, military and public administrations, etc... Being established in the heart of Europe in Brussels offers the advantage to be close to a tier 1 network and professional datacentres for server hosting. SatADSL works with various satellite service providers (e.g. SES, AVANTI and EUTELSAT) and satellite technology providers (e.g. Newtec) for deploying an independent network. The company also collaborates with the European Space Agency (ESA) for R&D support.
About Avanti Communications
Avanti connects people wherever they are – in their homes, businesses, in government and on mobiles. Through the HYLAS satellite fleet and more than 180 partners in 118 countries, the network provides ubiquitous internet service to a quarter of the world’s population. Avanti delivers the level of quality and flexibility that the most demanding telecoms customers in the world seek.
Avanti is the first mover in high throughput satellite data communications in EMEA. It has rights to orbital slots and Ka-band spectrum in perpetuity that covers an end market of over 1.7bn people.
The Group has invested $1.2bn in a network that incorporates satellites, ground stations, datacentres and a fibre ring.
Avanti has a unique Cloud based customer interface that is protected by patented technology.
Avanti Communications is listed in London on AIM (AVN:LSE).
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