Avanti Communications, a London-based specialty satellite operator and Vox Telecom of South Africa have partnered on a three-year agreement; the deal covering potential capacity usage on Hylas 4 and Hylas 2 satellites.
The partnership has provided Vox Telecom access to Avanti’s fleet of satellites, which is currently covering sub-Saharan Africa. This will enable the oomph of broadband services to the remotest areas of the region.
Vox will also benefit from Avanti’s Hylas 4’s backhaul services that integrate seamlessly into mobile networks, enabling their Internet of Things (IoT) services.
Avanti Sales Director/Africa, Neil Whitehead, said, “We’re delighted to extend our partnership with Vox and support the delivery of affordable broadband across Africa, supporting our mission to help liberate the potential of communities and businesses wherever they are located.”
Jacques Visser, Head of Wireless at Vox, added, “Avanti shares the same vision and goals as Vox in terms of bringing connectivity to areas where it doesn’t exist and through that vision has demonstrated that they are the ideal partners to assist us in deploying our strategy of taking satellite broadband to under-serviced areas. The local landing station for HYLAS 4 in South Africa opens new opportunities for Ka-band satellite in the SME markets and we expect Ka-band to play an more prominent role in the SD-WAN space.”