How satellites are meeting demand for connectivity in Africa

Satellite communication services fuel broadband, IoT applications in underserved areas.

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The recent launch of several new services in sub-Saharan Africa is extending satellite-enabled broadband from urban areas further into remote regions where businesses are starving for connectivity.

Satellite is considered the better option compared to fiber and LTE mobile infrastructure in unconnected areas or where the existing connectivity is slow and long install lead times are the rule.

Through its YahClick satellite service, for example, ICT infrastructure provider Vox recently launched uncapped data and voice satellite service plans in South Africa in an effort to provide cost-effective connectivity to underserviced regions. In rural South Africa, some commercial farms and game lodges have been utilising satellite connectivity for communication and security.

Telemetry is another satellite-enabled application, as it allows for operation and remote monitoring of devices.

Whether it's telcos looking to mitigate the risk of copper cable thefts or maritime industry players seeking to track ships across seas, satellite-enabled services in Africa are on the rise.

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