Intelsat S.A. (NYSE: I), operator of the world´s first Globalized Network and provider of integrated satellite communications, and Africa Mobile Networks (AMN), an integrator of mobile network infrastructure, have announced that a milestone in bringing mobile connectivity to unserved communities in sub-Saharan Africa has been reached, the company said.
Building upon a partnership announced in the fall of 2018, in less than a year, approximately 525 remote cell sites have been connected, with the goal of expanding mobile coverage to other parts of the region by the end of 2019.
Until now, the cost of expansion and geographic complexities in remote rural areas of Africa have made establishing connectivity for the communities, individuals, and businesses in these regions extremely difficult. AMN has developed a low-cost solution, powered by a highly reliable small cell solar-based system that can be rapidly deployed in less than six hours.
Combined with the power, performance and efficiency delivered by the three high-throughput Intelsat EpicNG satellites, as well as the 23 additional satellites covering the African continent, AMN and Intelsat are delivering a mobile network infrastructure that is fast, cost-effective, reliable and able to easily scale to meet emerging data demands.
Intelsat operates the world´s first Globalized Network, delivering high-quality, cost-effective video and broadband services anywhere in the world. For more information, visit Intelsat.com.
The mission of Africa Mobile Networks (AMN) is to build mobile network base stations serving rural communities in sub-Saharan Africa that have no existing service, providing mobile network operators with a capex-free route to add new subscribers and new revenues and with incremental costs.