Eutelsat and Vodacom Tanzania PLC have signed an agreement for packaged services to bring connectivity to underserved regions of Tanzania, leveraging the EUTELSAT KONNECT high-throughput satellite.
Following a successful Proof of Concept trial, Vodacom will commercialise services on the EUTELSAT KONNECT satellite under its own brand, building out its service offer to customers previously unreached by its existing infrastructure, notably in the B2B and hospitality verticals. Installation services will be undertaken by Konnect Africa on behalf of Vodacom.
With over 15 million customers, Vodacom Tanzania - part of the UK’s Vodafone Group – offers a range of services for consumers and enterprise including voice, data, messaging, and financial services.
In service since end 2020, EUTELSAT KONNECT is a new-generation High Throughput Satellite offering unprecedented operational flexibility. Delivering significant resources for broadband services with quasi-complete coverage of Sub-Saharan Africa, it addresses direct-to-user consumer and enterprise broadband services.
Sitholizwe Mdlalose, Managing Director of Vodacom Tanzania PLC said: “With Konnect, Vodacom will cover 100% of the country, connecting all regions, districts and villages no matter how remote they are. With this service, we will connect everyone, this includes areas which are not covered today, giving access to services up to 100Mbps.”
Philippe Baudrier, Chief Executive Officer of Konnect Africa added: “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 DRC.”