Intelsat to help accelerate Africa's digital transformation

Intelsat S.A. (NYSE: I), operator of the world´s first Globalized Network and provider of integrated satellite communications, announced that it has joined Smart Africa during the Transform Africa Summit held in Kigali in May 2018, the company said.

Established in 2013, Smart Africa is a bold and innovative commitment to accelerate sustainable socioeconomic development on the continent and usher Africa into the knowledge economy through affordable access to broadband and usage of ICT.

The Smart Africa Initiative is geared towards connecting, innovating and transforming the continent into a knowledge economy thereby driving global competitiveness and job creation. The initiative also aims at enabling Member States to become more competitive, agile, open and innovative smart economies with the most favorable business climates that attracts large-scale investments, rewards entrepreneurship and enables fast growth and exports, leveraging ICT innovations to transform African nations into smart societies.

Intelsat S.A. (NYSE: I) operates the world´s first Globalized Network, delivering high-quality, cost-effective video and broadband services anywhere in the world. Intelsat´s Globalized Network combines the world´s largest satellite backbone with terrestrial infrastructure, managed services and an open, interoperable architecture to enable customers to drive revenue and reach through a new generation of network services. For more information, visit www.intelsat.com.

The Smart Africa Alliance is a Public-Private platform dedicated to shaping and driving Africa´s Digital Transformation. Launched in 2013 by seven African Heads of State, the Alliance has grown to 22-member countries and dozens of private sector and academia members. Its founding members include the African Union Commission (AUC), the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), World Bank, African Development Bank (AfDB), UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), African Telecommunications Union (ATU), New Partnership for Africa´s Development (NEPAD), the GSM Association (GSMA) and ICANN.