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Satellite Internet quicker. As fibre Internet service becomes available in more places across Africa, fast broadband Internet is becoming a reality for many citizens. However, people who live in hard to reach or isolated places will never be able to experience these speeds. Or will they? Dr Dawie de Wet, CEO of Q-KON, a satellite Internet provider, says there is good news for rural and isol

Satellite helps bridge digital divide in Africa. There are many remote regions in Africa where it is easy to feel isolated from the rest of the world. Broadband is scarce and Internet connections are not only rare, but notoriously unreliable. Africa is vast and very rural in many parts. The continent is not only massive in terms of land mass, but in the potential that it represents to busin

Africa turns to satellite Internet. In Africa, technologies of all types are evolving rapidly, with one exception - Internet access. With around only 170 million users, Internet penetration remains low, at around 18%, well below the global average. Low Internet penetration in Africa is without a doubt an obstacle to the continent’s development. Moreover, this is only getting worse as time

The why and how of HTS. On August 24 this year, Intelsat announced that Intelsat 33e, the second of seven planned Intelsat Epic high throughput satellites, was launched successfully from French Guiana aboard an Ariane 5 launch vehicle. Intelsat 33e, manufactured by Boeing, will bring high throughput capacity in both C- and Ku-band to the Africa, Europe, Middle East and Asia regions. Accordi

Satellite brings broadband to game reserve. In the more remote parts of the country, there is very little infrastructure, making it harder to provide ubiquitous broadband. Visitors to locations that are off the beaten track find that reliable Internet connections are not readily available. This can be a major inconvenience to tourists who are used to being connected 24/7, and can be a stumblin

Why satellite is ideal for African connectivity. Africa is known for its rugged beauty and diverse natural environments. The continent has also seen some of the highest economic growth in the world over the past few years. This has been despite a lack of existing infrastructure and is largely due to the low base Africa has been growing from, explains Dr Dawie de Wet, CEO of Q-KON, a special

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