Konnect Africa, a subsidiary of Eutelsat Communications, is offering its services to the South African authorities to help them manage the Covid-19 health crisis. Konnect Africa will provide temporary free broadband connectivity to eight clinics in Mpumalanga province where terrestrial networks are not able to provide appropriate bandwidth.
Each site will benefit from 300GB of data monthly during several months, renewable if necessary.
The deployment was undertaken by Konnect Africa’s local ECNS-licensed distributor, Logical Wireless, which has been authorised to operate during the lockdown as an Essential Services provider.
Commenting on the agreement, Jean-Claude Tshipama, CEO of Konnect Africa said: “This operation demonstrates our ability to respond as quickly as possible to the connectivity needs of institutional and business structures, even in complex times such as these. We want South Africa to benefit from our expertise and the quality of our broadband services in this country by providing FREE connectivity to rural health and government-based facilities.”
Konnect Africa has been operating in South Africa since 2016, with ambitious plans to bring broadband connectivity to all segments of the population, particularly those located in unserved or poorly served areas.
Konnect Africa will see its in-orbit resources increase tenfold with the entry into service of the EUTELSAT KONNECT satellite by the end of 2020. With a total capacity of 75 Gbps, EUTELSAT KONNECT will be able to provide speeds of up to 100 Mbps to ensure full coverage of the DRC and of 40 other African countries. For more about Eutelsat go to www.eutelsat.com