Safaricom and Intelsat have entered into a multi-year deal to tackle network coverage in Kenya. The agreement sees the two telecom organisations modernise their network and expand their LTE coverage to gain more subscribers across the country.
The deal highlights connectivity infrastructure and satellite fleet provider, Intelsat, supplying Safaricom with enterprise connectivity, as well as cellular satellite backhaul. According to reports, the two telecom organisations have declared that their deal will mean the availability of the LTE service to enhance connectivity by 68.9% for Kenya’s rural communities.
A statement from Intelsat read, “The partnership between Intelsat and Safaricom is a combination of expertise and will ensure secure coverage, especially in remote communities of the country. Intelsat’s higher grade services and resilient bandwidth will ensure a seamless and reliable experience for businesses to operate optimally, allowing them to connect with their customers. In addition, users will be able to stay in touch with their loved ones and access a full range of e-services. Furthermore, LTE technology delivers reliable and fast internet connectivity needed for the optimal experience.”
In support of Intelsat’s comment, Safaricom’s Head of Network Planning and Design, Gershon Gitonga, expressed the relationship with Intelsat mentioning that Intelsat has been an entrusted partner of Safaricom and Intelsat’s services complement Safaricom’s offerings. Intelsat’s understanding of Safaricom will enable both organisations to succeed in this project and kickstart growing the network.
Hans Geldenhuys, the Director of Sales in Africa at Intelsat, added on the statements by emphasising how the partnership is a strategic move and will enable Safaricom to leverage Intelsat’s global hybrid network whilst expanding LTE coverage, helping them increase their revenue and prove a more reliable experience to their customers.
Intelsat says they are leveraging their global orbital and spectrum rights and partnerships to build the world’s first 5G satellite-based software, which defines “network-of-networks”, whilst Safaricom says it’s now working on the next generation innovation through expansion of connectivity.