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South African Space Company Signs Deal With European Telecommunication Company To Expand Business Across Central Africa

Press release provided by Intelsat S.A

Intelsat sign deal with Stratosat Datacom

Intelsat Corporation, a telecommunication company based in Luxembourg, on Tuesday August 13 announced an agreement with South Africa-based Stratosat Datacom. The said agreement would provide for the delivery of high-speed broadband services to sites across Central Africa by integrating managed connectivity from Intelsat’s high throughput global network with value-added engineering and management services from Stratosat. Together, the companies will bring internet and Virtual Private Networking (VPN) connectivity to markets across the region that have traditionally lacked access to reliable communications capabilities.

The Stratosat NextGen managed service — powered by Intelsat’s FlexEnterprise — can be rapidly deployed and will dramatically improve the reach and performance of networks for small, medium and large businesses in the region, as well as schools, hospitals, financial firms, mining, and agriculture companies. Stratosat NextGen will also enable multi-national enterprises to engage and connect with their partners and customers throughout the region, driving business and overall economic growth.

Intelsat’s FlexEnterprise is a secure, managed connectivity service with broad global coverage that removes the complexity of delivering high-speed broadband services to enterprises. FlexEnterprise delivers a superior experience, while reducing the total cost of ownership and improving the economics of network expansion by pairing high-throughput connectivity from Intelsat’s space-based network with smaller, more capable ground hardware. This delivers dramatically enhanced network speed, coverage, and security, enabling access to services and applications that are not supported by traditional networks.

“Because connectivity is essential to supporting the growth of local and regional economies, Intelsat is committed to making broadband connectivity more attainable for businesses, communities, and individuals across Africa,” said Brian Jakins, Intelsat’s Regional Vice President, Africa. “Stratosat is the first of Intelsat’s FlexEnterprise partners to focus on expanding broadband connectivity in the Central African region”.

“Stratosat Datacom is pleased to partner with Intelsat to bring unique connectivity to the Central Region in Africa. We are highly committed to empowering local service providers to offer cost-effective broadband solutions to end-users,” said Dieter Kovar, Africa Group CEO of Schauenburg International.

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