SENEGAL – Avanti Communications (“Avanti”) has signed a five-year partnership agreement with Free to build and host a new satellite gateway in Senegal for Avanti’s HYLAS 4 state-of-the-art Ka-band satellite.
The new gateway will extend the coverage of Avanti’s latest satellite, HYLAS 4, to Senegal and the neighboring West African countries of Guinea, Sierra Leone, Guinea Bissau, Gambia, and Liberia, as well as completing Avanti’s coverage of Côte d’Ivoire.
The expanded coverage will significantly increase access to high-speed satellite internet for the countries’ schools, hospitals, and communities.
The new gateway will also provide satellite backhaul services to Avanti’s carrier customers, extending their reach to rural areas and other semi-urban locations where terrestrial networks are currently limited or unreliable.
Free Senegal will build and operate the new gateway from its Tier III data center facility in Diamniadio outside the capital Dakar, adding Avanti as a strategic customer to its growing enterprise business in Senegal and supporting the Government’s Digital Senegal 2025 strategy.
Amongst the many positives of increased connectivity, the partnership is due to make a significant impact on education, enabling e-learning services for schools across the region.
Pending approval from the Senegalese authorities, the gateway is planned to go live in December 2022.
“It will enable us to increase the coverage of our satellite fleet – benefitting countries and territories that are often overlooked when it comes to high-speed broadband. We are looking forward to working with the Free team to make this vision a reality.”
Commenting on the partnership, Mamadou Mbengue, CEO of Free in Senegal, added “We are delighted that Avanti has chosen Free to be their gateway partner in Senegal, recognizing the capabilities offered by the Free team and our data center facility in Diamniadio.”
“This agreement between Avanti and Free to build the gateway and provide Ka-band satellite coverage across Senegal and the neighboring countries is a major milestone in our digital transformation agenda.”
Through the HYLAS satellite fleet and partners in 118 countries, Avanti provides dedicated fixed and flexible-beam satellite connectivity, with extensive coverage across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.
Avanti has invested US$1.2 billion in a network that incorporates orbital slots in the Ka-band spectrum, satellites, ground stations, datacentres, and a fiber ring.