Vodacom Tanzania inks deal with Eutelsat to reach remote regions
Vodacom Tanzania has signed an agreement with Eutelsat Communications that will bolster connectivity to underserved regions by utilising Eutelsat’s KONNECT high-throughput satellite.
These services will be delivered under Vodacom’s brand and installation of equipment at customer locations will be done by Konnect Africa.
In service since end of 2020, Eutelsat KONNECT is a new-generation High Throughput Satellite used to deliver significant resources for broadband services with quasi-complete coverage of Sub-Saharan Africa and address direct-to-user consumer and enterprise broadband services.
Sitholizwe Mdlalose, Managing Director of Vodacom Tanzania PLC said, “We are delighted to incorporate satellite to our suite of services, leveraging the state-of-the art EUTELSAT KONNECT satellite to fulfil our mission, which is to deliver connectivity to all regions within the country.”
“With this service, we will connect everyone, this includes areas which are not covered today, giving access to services up to 100Mbps.”
Commenting on the agreement, Philippe Baudrier, CEO of Konnect Africa said: “We are excited to partner with Vodacom, a leading pan-African telecom operator, to extend the reach of its services in Tanzania. This agreement illustrates the unparalleled resources of our powerful EUTELSAT KONNECT satellite to satisfy the strong demand for connectivity in underserved regions of the African continent and marks another success in the development of our distribution capabilities following recent additions in Nigeria, South Africa and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).”