Intelsat, the operator of the world's first globalised network and leader in integrated satellite communications alongside AMN, an integrator of mobile network infrastructure announced that a milestone in bringing mobile connectivity to unserved communities in the sub-Saharan Africa has been reached.
Building on a partnership announced in the fall of 2018, in less than a year, more than 500 remote cell sites have been connected. The goal now is to expand mobile coverage to other parts of the region by the end of 2019.
Until now, the cost of expansion and geographic complexities in remote areas of Africa has made it difficult to establish connectivity for communities, individuals and businesses. AMN has subsequently developed a low-cost solution, powered by a highly reliable small cell solar-based system that can rapidly be deployed in less than six hours. Combined with the power, performance and efficiency delivered by the three high-throughput Intelsat satellites as well as the 23 other satellites allows for the delivery of mobile network infrastructure that is fast, cost-effective, reliable and able to easily scale to meet growing demands.
Jean-Philippe Gillet, Intelsat vice-president and general manager of networks said “Through this partnership, we are now providing access to mobile coverage for the first time to approximately 1.7 million people living in remote communities across several countries that many thought were impossible to connect.”
AMN chief executive officer added “Intelsat shares our vision of installing a cell site in every African village. Like us, they recognize that when you close the connectivity gap in sub-Saharan Africa, you can bring about significant positive change in people’s lives. Using Intelsat’s technology, our two companies can make that vision a reality.”