Paratus Group signed a multi-year agreement with global telecommunications provider, OneWeb, to build a gateway in Luanda, Angola, which will be operational in the second half of 2023. This new gateway will provide low Earth orbit (LEO) satellite services to several countries in the region. Furthermore, it will facilitate the provision of high-speed, low-latency connectivity to businesses, government, schools, clinics, and hospitals in under-serviced areas. This is the first of several planned OneWeb gateways in Africa.
This agreement, combined with the recent launch of the Paratus fibre connection to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC); the inauguration of the Paratus Group’s data centres in Zambia and Namibia; and coverage in all of the Angolan provinces, means that Paratus has the requisite infrastructure to provide a highly sophisticated network hub in Angola and one that allows for expansion beyond its borders.
As Chief Technical Officer of Paratus Group, Rolf Mendelsohn, explains: “With this agreement, we are taking another giant step in realising our plan to use Angola as a region’s communications hub. Being selected as the preferred partner to install the gateway in Angola for OneWeb reaffirms our superior capability in developing world-class telecommunications infrastructure in Africa.”
Michele Franci, Chief of Delivery & Operations at OneWeb, says: “When considering the size and persistence of the digital divide, and the connectivity barriers for businesses operating in rural or remote areas, the need for LEO satellite options are obvious. On a global scale, mobile internet penetration is still only 50% and many of those who remain offline reside in Africa. By installing OneWeb teleports linked to hundreds of LEO satellites, we can bridge that divide effectively and affordably. We have chosen to partner with Paratus Angola because the group is rooted in Africa; it understands and invests in meeting market demands; and because Paratus is committed to transforming African connectivity through exceptional digital infrastructure.”
The teleport will consist of 16 antennas and a network hosting facility, linking to OneWeb’s LEO infrastructure and thereby connecting Africa to the world and the world to Africa.
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