SOUTH AFRICA—Avanti Communications, a global multi-orbit satellite technology provider, has announced the launch of Low-Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite connectivity services in South Africa.

Avanti has partnered with Q-KON, a leading satellite engineering enterprise for southern Africa, to deliver seamless LEO connectivity from Eutelsat OneWeb. 

The new deal is set to improve business operations nationwide in what is a unique and challenging connectivity environment.

Avanti and Q-KON are meeting the increased demand for LEO connectivity within the region. The deal significantly bolsters Avanti’s multi-orbit solution and allows the company to immediately offer a combination of LEO and GEO services.

With its customer-centric strategy, Avanti is now ideally placed to identify and deliver the best and most effective solutions for enterprise customers who need more choice, flexibility, and resilience. Avanti’s ambition is to make Africa its primary revenue source within two to three years.

We are delighted to partner with Q-KON to provide LEO services to our customers across South Africa. This is a strategically significant move for us in multi-orbit, and we hope this is the first of many LEO partnerships globally,” Kyle Whitehill, CEO of Avanti Communications, said.

“This hybrid model assures our customers in South Africa that all their unique problems can be solved through our services. This is particularly important for our enterprise customers in South Africa where the need for resilience is key.”

Avanti already has a robust, on-the-ground presence in South Africa, with state-of-the-art infrastructure in Johannesburg. More than a fifth of the company’s workforce operates in Africa, emphasizing Avanti’s commitment to building a solid regional presence.

We are pleased to support Avanti with our Eutelsat OneWeb customer-centric services, made possible by our proven Smart Satellite Service technologies developed for our Twoobii GEO portfolio,” Dr Dawie de Wet, CEO of Q-KON added.

“We also look forward to supporting Avanti with our end-to-end and turn-key project supply, delivery, and support capabilities.”

In March this year, Avanti Communications was granted the Infrastructure Operator Authorisation required for its HYLAS 4 satellite gateway station in Diamniadio, Senegal.

Once operational, the gateway is set to be a driving force in Senegal’s digital economy, potentially generating local employment opportunities. 

To make this vision a reality, Avanti has committed to investing in Senegal’s growing tech center and has already started recruiting a team in Diamniadio.

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