Avanti chooses Newtec for ECO project

school Africa David Stanley communicationsafrica1,400 schools and community sites across sub-Saharan Africa will receive affordable and reliable satellite broadband connectivity. (Image source:)Newtec has announced that its Newtec Dialog platform has been chosen by Avanti Communications Group plc as the High Throughput Satellite (HTS) ground segment technology platform for its ECO project

The Eco project will provide affordable and reliable satellite broadband connectivity in its first phase to 1,400 schools and community sites across sub-Saharan Africa, stated Newtec. This will be over a two year period, the firm added.

“The partnership is a significant step towards creating a solution for the endemic lack of affordable broadband connectivity across sub-Saharan Africa. The Newtec Dialog multiservice platform, including the Newtec ECO Wi-Fi terminals, is a perfect technology to address this,” said David Williams, CEO of Avanti.

The ECO satellite broadband services is expect to support thousands of schools, communities and health centres, including Internet cafes and community area networks. According to Newtec, the service will also be used by local governments, telecom providers, mobile network operators and Internet service providers.

“One of Newtec’s long-term objectives has been to reduce the digital divide and projects such as ECO are essential to this goal,” said Didier Tymen, VP Sales EMEA of Newtec. “Our technology, including the Wi-Fi hotspot solution, delivers well against Avanti’s network philosophy of Quality & Flexibility. It plays an important role in delivering the initiative’s goals and makes reliable, but also affordable broadband a reality for millions across the region.”

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