Vodacom, Intelsat to Expand Broadband Connectivity in West Africa

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ntelsat S.A., operator of the world’s first Globalized Network and leader in integrated satellite solutions, announced that Vodacom Business Nigeria has signed an agreement for satellite services to expand its enterprise broadband networks and enable new and enhanced services throughout West Africa.

Under a new multi-year agreement, Vodacom Business Nigeria will utilize the satellite services on Intelsat 35e to deliver fast, high-quality and resilient broadband connectivity to the banking, oil and gas, and enterprise sectors across West Africa.

In addition, the improved performance, efficiency and lower total cost of ownership delivered by Intelsat 35e, the fifth of the Intelsat EpicNG satellites, will enable Vodacom Business Nigeria to further enhance the services being offered to its existing customers in Nigeria; expand its offerings in the enterprise and Internet of Things sectors; as well as extend broadband connectivity in Nigeria.

“Everyone understands the power of connectivity, but it can be difficult to reach certain locations across Africa,” Lanre Kolade, managing director, Vodacom Business Nigeria said.

“By integrating Intelsat’s satellite services into our network, we are able to rapidly deploy our broadband network into new areas across West Africa and deliver fast, affordable internet access today. This means that people in the communities that we serve will gain access to services that will provide real benefits such as: business connectivity, news updates, improved quality of services in healthcare, banking and education, in addition to promoting economic development of these communities. All these will be made possible following the newly signed agreement with Intelsat, which is to further improve on Vodacom Business Nigeria’s current satellite capabilities and reach.”

“Intelsat EpicNG enables higher data rate applications and smaller terminals, enabling our customers to expand the applications that can be provided,” Brian Jakins, Intelsat’s regional vice president, Africa Sales, said.

“This means enterprises can expand into new regions and take advantage of business opportunities regardless of where they occur. And with the improved performance delivered by Intelsat EpicNG, Vodacom Business Nigeria’s customers will experience an improved quality of service as soon as the service is deployed. This positions Vodacom Business Nigeria for bigger operational and business success, and demonstrates that Intelsat is the partner of choice for network operators that want to deliver growth for their end users and the latest services for the population.”

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Godwin Okafor is a Financial Journalist, Internet Social Entrepreneur and Founder of Naija247news Media Limited. He has over 16 years experience in financial journalism. His experience cuts across traditional and digital media. He started his journalism career at Business Day, Nigeria and founded Naija247news Media in 2010. Godwin holds a Bachelors degree in Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from the Lagos State University, Ojo, Lagos. He is an alumni of Lagos Business School and a Fellow of the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton Seminar for Business Journalists). Over the years, he has won a number of journalism awards. Godwin is the chairman of Emmerich Resources Limited, the publisher of Naija247news.

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