Eutelsat, a leading satellite operator, has disclosed that it has reached the 200,000-user mark for its Konnect Wi-Fi hotspots, a significant milestone acknowledged by the 2022 Partner2Connect Annual Report.
Recall that in June 2022, Eutelsat joined the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Partner2Connect Digital Coalition. The coalition is a multi-stakeholder platform mobilising resources, partnerships, and commitments to foster meaningful connectivity and digital transformation in the hardest-to-connect communities. Within this framework, Eutelsat pledged to connect 1m underserved people in Sub-Saharan Africa by 2027.
BMA understands that Konnect is Eutelsat’s satellite broadband initiative, powered by the new-generation Eutelsat Konnect satellite. Delivering instant broadband internet access to rural areas beyond the reach of terrestrial networks across the continent, the service provided is unrivalled in its reliability. Moreover, with speeds and bandwidths on par with those of fibre or 4G (from 5 to 100 megabits per second) and at ultra-competitive prices, individuals, businesses, schools, and medical centres can seize the power of innovative satellite technology.
As a result, Konnect is changing how people live, learn, work and do business in the remotest areas, empowering entire communities on the continent.
Commenting on the milestone, Eutelsat’s Chief Executive Officer, Eva Berneke, said, “Konnect’s purpose is to boost social and economic development, providing easy, affordable, reliable and fast connectivity anywhere. Eutelsat’s pledge to the Partner2Connect Digital Coalition demonstrates our dedication to increasing access to connectivity and reducing the digital divide in sub-Saharan Africa. Furthermore, this major 200,000-user milestone shows that we are effectively deploying the means to honour our pledge by 2027. Above all, this commitment is integral to the global corporate social responsibility missions Eutelsat undertakes.”