- Paratus South Africa, a telecom service provider, is partnering with Eutelsat OneWeb, a low earth orbit satellite (LEO) operator, to launch new connectivity services in South Africa.
- The LEO service offering will provide high-speed, low-latency internet access to businesses in areas where traditional connectivity is either inadequate or nonexistent.
- This move will provide unhindered access to Internet connectivity in areas (typically remote) where network coverage is currently piss-poor or non-existent.
Paratus South Africa has an existing distributor partnership with Eutelsat Group (parent company of Eutelsat OneWeb) for Geostationary (GEO) satellite services.
Introducing low earth orbit satellite services to Paratus South Africa's established Geostationary (GEO) offerings will boost the productivity of businesses operating in remote areas.
Industries like retail, banking, mining, agriculture, and tourism — many of which are in remote regions of the continent — will benefit from this connectivity.
South Africa, Ghana, Angola, and Mauritius are among the nations where Eutelsat OneWeb has already set up Satellite Network Portals (SNP). It’s still looking to secure more collaborations to facilitate its coverage solutions.
The Eutelsat OneWeb services are linked to the Paratus core fibre network at the point of presence (PoP) in Teraco Isando, a 20,000-kilometer network that spans ten sub-Saharan African countries.
This positions Paratus to provide high-end, resilient services to its users regardless of their location or connectivity requirements. This move is expected to improve business efficiency and stimulate economic growth across the continent.
Paratus South Africa has expanded its investment in round-the-clock customer support and streamlined installation processes to include LEO services. This commitment to dependable assistance will ensure that businesses in many industries can continue to operate efficiently, thanks to more reliable, non-traditional connectivity.
Speaking about the news, Kallie Carlsen, Managing Director of Paratus South Africa, guarantees that the launch of the Eutelsat OneWeb LEO service will significantly improve the country's telecom sector.
“As satellite experts, we are uniquely placed to empower more and more people and businesses in South Africa with this landmark partnership.”
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Also commenting on the partnership, Cyril Dujardin, co-General Manager of Eutelsat OneWeb, reiterated the potential of the adaptability and scalability of the Eutelsat OneWeb system.
He also said the business would collaborate with Paratus to show how LEO can break through geographical barriers, redefine connectivity in the area, and establish the bar for excellence in South Africa's communications going forward.