Mauritius is the latest African country to be able to boast a presence in space. The first Mauritian satellite (a CubeSat – MIR-SAT1) was successfully launched yesterday on board the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida.
Peru’s Programa Nacional de Telecomunicaciones (Pronatel), has awarded Gilat Satellite Networks, a leader in satellite networking technology, solutions and services, a $13 million contract for the delivery of internet services to hundreds of sites in Peru.
Brazil's statutory bodies have approved the Provisional Measure (MP) to cut fees for satellite services to make access to broadband internet cheap.
The global satellite operator Telesat and TIM Brasil, the Brazilian subsidiary of Telecom Italia, completed in-orbit 4G mobile data backhaul testing using Telesat's Phase 1 low earth orbit (LEO) satellite.
Further evidence of the continuing importance of satellite communications to connectivity in Africa’s less populous areas comes via a recent agreement involving global communications company Viasat and Nigerian regulator the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).