Satellite service plays an important role that cannot be overlooked especially in this information-seeking society, the use of satellites remains one of the most efficient ways of reaching out to people in remote areas without internet access.
Over the years, satellite technology has improved and can be used in various capacities, as a communication tool, Internet Service Provider (ISP), health service provider among others.
The use of satellites for communications is one of the most exploited services of satellite technology. The three communication services provided using satellites are broadcasting services, telecommunications, and data communications.
The use of satellite for Broadcasting services has greatly improved general information dissemination in Africa, media houses leverage this service to reach out to their teeming audience.
Telecommunication and data infrastructure in Africa is also improving as people have started embracing the online economy and community.
There are lots of satellite service providers in Africa, listed below are a few of these service providers.
This is one of the biggest satellite service providers in Africa, SES has various offices in the continent, Lagos, Johannesburg, Accra, and Addis Ababa.
SES provides connectivity such as internet service, broadcasting network among others through its Geostationary Earth Orbit (GEO) and Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) satellites.
Individuals, businesses, and corporations have access to certain benefits such as broadband internet at a reduced price,
SES has the vision of improving its connectivity to enable it to reach more people and with its regional team in the different African regions, SES can deliver streamlined and personalized market solutions to the various regions.
The Digital Satellite Television (DSTV) owned by Multichoice Limited is one of the popular satellite service providers in Africa.
Available in countries like Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, Ghana, Angola, Uganda, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Botswana, Lesotho, Ethiopia, Gabon, Eswatini, Mozambique, and Mauritius.
This satellite service provider provides broadband internet services to individuals, organizations, and even government agencies.
Vizocom services can be accessed on platforms like Comtech, Newtec and coupled with their always-improving technology, Vizocom provides seamless connectivity.
This satellite service provider has two service points in Africa, Intelsat 38 and Q-KON. Intelsat 38 was the first which provides government and corporate organizations with connectivity.
Q-KON on the other hand is a next-generation high-speed and high-quality broadband innovation of Intelsat, it’s services are used by small businesses in South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Namibia.
Another interesting satellite service provider in Africa. Eutelsat introduced a service named Konnect to provide broadband to Africa, Europe, and Russia.
In Africa, Konnect has been used in Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa, Benin, Lesotho, Cameroon, Tanzania, Uganda, and Swaziland.
Konnect initiative has a mission of changing the way people and businesses interact by improving connectivity. Konnect’s broadband speed is higher than most terrestrial services.
There are other added features that Eutelsat’s Konnect offers, there is the Wi-Fi hotspot model and there is also the ‘Pay as you go’ model, these options give the user the ability to make their choice according to their varying needs.
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