Konnect Africa, a subsidiary of satellite operator Eutelsat Communications, along with educational platform Schoolap and financial messaging network Flash Services, is planning to bring high-speed internet connectivity to Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) schools.
The three groups have announced a Memorandum of Understanding to connect several thousand schools across the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to the internet as part of the Schoolap project. The project aims to provide schools with high-speed internet connectivity, giving them access to a digital platform of officially recognized educational content and high-quality teaching materials.
The first stage of the project aims to connect 3,600 private schools over the next 12 months, leveraging Konnect Africa's satellite capacity and technical expertise, notably in terms of installation.
Each school will subscribe to a ‘Home Unlimited or plus’ package, giving it access to a high-speed internet service. At a later stage, it is planned to roll the project out to several tens of thousands more schools.
Konnect Africa has been operating for over a year in the DRC. Currently operating with limited capacity, Konnect Africa says it will see its in-orbit resources increase tenfold with the entry into service of the Eutelsat Konnect satellite in the autumn of 2020. With a total capacity of 75 Gbps, Eutelsat Konnect will be able to provide speeds of up to 100 Mbps with total or partial coverage of 40 African countries.