Rural coverage boost for South Africa promised by Telkom and Yahsat

Rural coverage boost for South Africa promised by Telkom and Yahsat

More news of satellite support for rural connectivity comes from South Africa with the announcement of a deal between operator Telkom and satellite broadband solutions provider YahClick.

Telkom has partnered with YahClick to offer internet access and voice over IP services to consumers in parts of the country not covered by its network. Not too surprisingly rural areas are expected to be a major target for the satellite-aided services.

Telkom plans to migrate consumer customers to the service first and launch to new customers in early 2021.

Telkom said last week: “This significantly expands access to affordable connectivity in rural areas nationally without access to fibre.” 

According to South African media reports, YahClick Satellite Services will deliver the Telkom data and VoIP packages through its satellite platforms, using a Hughes gateway and ground segment technology.

YahClick is owned by Dubai-based global satellite operator Yahsat and its partner Hughes Network Systems. Alongside Hughes it provides commercial Ka-band satellite broadband solutions to unserved and underserved communities across the Middle East, Africa and Central and South West Asia.

For the moment there is no detail on costs, precise timings, speeds or coverage of the service but Telkom consumer CEO Serame Taukobong has been quoted as saying that the service will allow anyone in rural areas to connect to the internet.

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