Konnect Africa to launch internet access offers in Côte d'Ivoire

15205036092 36998a8b5b zKonnect Africa targets rural areas by offering an adapted and lightweight solution called Konnect Wi- Fi (Image source: zeevveez/Flickr)Konnect Africa, an initiative of the satellite operator Eutelsat dedicated to satellite broadband on the African continent, has announced the launch of its Internet access offers in Côte d'Ivoire

According to the Telecommunications Sector Observatory of the Telecommunications Regulator/ICT of Côte d'Ivoire (ARTCI), the number of fixed Internet subscribers in Côte d'Ivoire stood at 155,541 in the second quarter of 2018, representing 0.6 per cent of the total population.

At the same time, according to Deloitte's TMT 2017 report, the country has nine million mobile Internet subscriptions.

Konnect Africa aims to bridge the digital divide in Côte d'Ivoire by offering its broadband Internet offers to individuals and professionals, particularly outside major cities, where no reliable broadband solution is available.

Konnect Africa has joined forces with local partners in Côte d'Ivoire, including Lifi-Led, Watec, Open Services, HubLive and Ecosat.

In particular, Konnect Africa targets rural areas by offering an adapted and lightweight solution called Konnect Wi-Fi, which provides shared Internet access through a single reception point.

Konnect wifi will provide Internet access at traffic points such as shops, villages, schools, farms, hospitals, etc. in rural areas. Access to the service is through the purchase of recharge vouchers, valid from a few hours to one month. Currently undergoing the final testing phases, Konnect wifi will soon be made available.

Jean-Claude Tshipama, CEO of Konnect Africa, said, “Satellite technology for high-speed Internet is the answer for efficient digital coverage in Côte d'Ivoire. Many ‘white zones’ remains and Konnect Africa's complementary offer addresses this lack of connectivity. Thanks to first-class local partners, we are now able to offer quality broadband offers at competitive prices.”

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