Afrikanet GoSat Cameroon and Konnect Africa announced on July 26, 2017 the implementation of their partnership to innovate together and provide high-speed Internet access by satellite, called GoSat. According to their joint press release, the alliance between the advanced satellite technology offered by Konnect Africa and the expertise of Afrikanet GoSat as a supplier recognized for the quality of its customer service will allow the deployment of an Internet connection in urban and rural areas, but also in the most remote localities of Cameroon.
Konnect Africa’s satellite service will in the short term cover two-thirds of the Cameroonian population and will be accessible with high-speed internet “at an affordable price,” says GoSat.
According to Casimir Fotso Chatue, CEO of Afrikanet GoSat, “Collaborating with Konnect Africa allows us to access, for the benefit of our customers, a very high speed platform across the world and the African continent in particular. Our customers need quality, reliability, connection speed, but also affordable and above all universal coverage. Konnect Africa is therefore a solid partner, able to offer us high-quality, tailor-made satellite broadband offers for all the customers and businesses that we will have to serve in Cameroon in semi-urban and rural areas. “
For his part, Laurent Grimaldi, CEO of Konnect Africa, affirms that: “Konnect Africa wishes to eventually offer universal coverage to all of sub-Saharan Africa, and in particular to Cameroon which is a country of great strategic importance. . Our partnership with Afrikanet GoSat Cameroon is for us a relevant and effective way to reduce the digital divide in Africa and accelerate the economic development of the region. With our tailor-made solutions, Afrikanet GoSat will be able to provide quality and reliable high-speed satellite Internet access, in particular, to professionals in key sectors for the economic development of Africa. “
Afrikanet GoSat has been present in Cameroon since 2012 and provides support to various sectors in the country such as the banking sector, NGOs or public administrations. The partnership with Konnect Africa will offer the company the opportunity to explore new services and products for professionals. The goal for GoSat is to develop untapped potential in rural areas in Cameroon, but also in sectors such as agriculture, education, and communities to reduce the digital divide and help achieve the ambitions of the government plan. “Digital Cameroon 2020” from the “Digital Cameroon Strategic Plan. ”
Afrikanet GoSat will thus enable Konnect Africa to further concretize its commitment to create jobs in Cameroon. Installers will receive specific training and will be encouraged to provide quality service. Satellite broadband is a key technology in bridging the digital divide in Africa by providing connection to everyone through coverage of all territories. Many regions are still not covered by land infrastructure on the African continent. In sub-Saharan Africa, for example, more than 340 million people, including 12 million in Cameroon, live more than 50 km from the fiber.