South African state owned enterprise Sentech delivers satellite broadband connectivity to the public sector across hundreds of public state institutions and government sites. It has now partnered with UK-based satellite operator Avanti to extend broadband infrastructure to the most remote sections of the country. Service will be supplied using Avanti’s HYLAS 2 Ka-band satellite, which has 100% coverage of South Africa.
Avanti’s HYLAS satellite fleet provides internet service to 27% of the world’s population. It has rights to orbital slots and
Ka-band spectrum that cover a market of over 1.5bn people.
The group has invested $1.2bn in a network that incorporates satellites, ground stations, datacentres and a fibre ring. It also claims a patent-protected cloud-based customer interface.
Avanti currently has three satellites in orbit with a further two fully funded satellites under construction.