OneWeb and Pan-African telecom provider Paratus Group have teamed up to offer low Earth orbit (LEO) connection services to 37 African nations.
In particular, it will target isolated and rural locations where Paratus consumers are most in need of satellite communications services.
The deal expands on the multi-year arrangement that OneWeb and Paratus previously had in order to create a gateway in Luanda, Angola, which will be operational in the second half of 2023.
With the help of this new gateway, underserved organizations like enterprises, governments, schools, clinics, and hospitals will be able to use OneWeb’s high-speed, low-latency connectivity.
“The OneWeb distribution agreement is a significant accomplishment for us and demonstrates the breadth and depth of our presence in Africa. Through great digital infrastructure and customer service, we will be able to reshape Africa, according to our vision, stated Schalk Erasmus, CEO of Paratus Group.
The announcement continues the important progress that both businesses have already made to improve connectivity throughout Africa. In order to expand its coverage options, OneWeb has installed Satellite Network Portals (SNP) in Angola, South Africa, Ghana, Senegal, and Mauritius. OneWeb also continues to forge strategic alliances.
Recently, Paratus established a fiber connection to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, erected data centers in Zambia and Namibia, and turned on its coverage solutions in regions of Angola.