UK-based satellite operator Avanti Communications has inked a key agreement with West African connectivity and data centre specialist MainOne to jointly boost broadband penetration across Nigeria by providing KA-band satellite comms services to enterprises in remote areas of the country.
Under this arrangement, MainOne will leverage Avanti’s newest satellite, HYLAS 4, launched in April 201, to enable flexible capacity services with 100% country coverage of Nigeria.
“Such coverage is most critical and will accelerate the time to deploy internet broadband services into remote areas that are difficult to reach by fibre infrastructure,” said Avanti Communications.
The partnership will also see Avanti rolling out its ECO initiative, a service bundling broadband access, solar power and embedded Wi-Fi services for schools and small communities, in remote parts of the country where power availability and connectivity services remain a challenge.
The partnership is also supported by the commissioning and launch of Avanti’s new Gateway Earth Station in Nigeria, hosted at MainOne’s Tier III Data Centre ‘MDXi’.
“Our partnership with Avanti provides Nigeria the opportunity to accelerate expansion of broadband internet via satellite, to bridge the digital gap and improve digital transformation for more Nigerians,” said MainOne CEO Funke Opeke.
“Such services are most critical for the oil and gas sector, and for the delivery of social and educational services into rural areas of the country. Beyond connecting institutions, Avanti’s ECO solution also addresses the needs of their immediate communities and will accelerate getting more of our rural communities online,” Opeke added.