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Avanti and Q-KON partner to launch LEO satellite services in South Africa, enhancing connectivity and business resilience. (Image source: Avant Communications)

Avanti Communications, a global provider of satellite technology across various orbits, has launched Low-Earth-Orbit (LEO) satellite connectivity services in South Africa

In collaboration with Q-KON, a prominent satellite engineering firm in southern Africa, Avanti aims to provide seamless LEO connectivity through Eutelsat OneWeb. This partnership addresses the unique connectivity challenges in the region and is poised to enhance business operations nationwide.

Strategic satellite connectivity expansion

The collaboration between Avanti and Q-KON responds to the growing demand for LEO connectivity in South Africa. By integrating LEO services into its existing offerings, Avanti expands its multi-orbit solution, enabling the provision of both LEO and GEO services to customers immediately.

By adopting a customer-centric approach, Avanti is strategically positioned to understand and fulfill the diverse needs of enterprise customers. This partnership underscores Avanti's commitment to offering a wider range of solutions, providing customers with increased choice, flexibility, and resilience in their connectivity options.

Kyle Whitehill, CEO, Avanti Communications, commented, “We are delighted to be partnering 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 that this is the first of many LEO partnerships globally.

“This hybrid model gives our customers in South Africa the assurance 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.”

Dr Dawie de Wet, CEO of Q-KON, remarked, “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. We also look forward to supporting Avanti with our end-to-end and turn-key project supply, delivery and support capabilities.”

Avanti has established a robust operational base in South Africa, boasting advanced infrastructure located in Johannesburg. With over a fifth of its workforce dedicated to operations in Africa, Avanti demonstrates a steadfast commitment to solidifying its foothold in the region. Avanti aims to elevate Africa to become its primary revenue driver within the next two to three years, showcasing its ambitious growth objectives within the continent.

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