Eutelsat Extends African Reach With Second Broadband Hub
By Jean-François Fremaux, Business Development Director at Eutelsat
Our overall ambition is to bring broadband access to SMEs and SOHO across the entire African continent where, despite a yearly GDP growth of 5%, broadband penetration is still less than 4%.
Earlier this year, we successfully launched the first Newtec Sat3Play® broadband platform on our EUTELSAT 16A satellite (which provides coverage of Sub Saharan Africa from the Ivory Coast to Madagascar) with partners such as Afrique Telecom and Afrikanet. We are now extending our “IP Easy” African reach to North Africa on the Eutelsat 3C satellite.
Newtec’s dedication to maximum bandwidth efficiency, low cost terminals and a true broadband experience for consumers and businesses is a key enabling factor behind Eutelsat’s African expansion.
Why a Second Hub?
The second Newtec hub is ready to be co-located with the first Sat3Play platform at Eutelsat’s southern Europe teleport in Sardinia (Italy). The Sat3Play platform is expected to be launched later this year on EUTELSAT 3C and will serve users in North Africa, with Libya a key market. From 2014 the new platform will benefit from the extended coverage that will be provided by the EUTELSAT 3B satellite.
Extending Reach Over Africa
Eutelsat’s selection of Newtec underscores a trusting partnership in broadband development that began with the first Sat3Play platform. The high-power footprint covering North Africa will compensate for inadequate terrestrial infrastructure by extending quality broadband access to users irrespective of their location. This is vital for enterprises operating in a rapidly expanding business economy.