Konnect Africa, Vodacom to bring broadband to Tanzania's unserved
PARIS – Eutelsat Communications (Euronext Paris: ETL) (Paris:ETL) and Vodacom Tanzania PLC have signed a service agreement for packaged services to bring connectivity to underserved regions of Tanzania, leveraging Eutelsat's EUTELSAT KONNECT high-throughput satellite.
Following a successful Proof of Concept trial, Vodacom will commercialize 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.
Founded in 2000, Vodacom Tanzania, part of the UK's Vodafone Group, is Tanzania's leading telecommunications company providing a wide range of services for consumers and enterprise including voice, data, messaging, financial services and enterprise solutions and counting over 15 million customers. Vodacom Tanzania PLC's strategy incorporates inclusion for all while bridging the digital divide gap. As a result, this partnership means a lot to Vodacom, as it will serve people who have been without connection since independence.
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.
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