01 July 2019
Avanti Communications has signed a three-year master distributor agreement on its HYLAS 4 and HYLAS 2 satellites with South African end-to-end integrated ICT, infrastructure provider and telecom firm Vox.
Under the terms of the deal, Vox will use Avanti’s satellite fleet - which provides full coverage across sub-Saharan Africa - to deliver a cost-effective and reliable high-speed broadband service to the remotest areas of the continent.
Avanti has invested over R2.1bn (US$143m) in local infrastructure and new offices in South Africa. The local team will support Vox as they deploy new services to rural and under-serviced areas in sub-Saharan Africa. Vox will also benefit from Avanti’s HYLAS 4 cost-effective backhaul services which integrate seamlessly into mobile networks enabling their Internet of Things (IoT) services.
“We’re delighted to extend our partnership with Vox and support the delivery of affordable broadband across Africa, supporting our mission to help liberate the potential of communities and businesses wherever they are located,” said Avanti sales director for Africa, Neil Whitehead.
Jacques Visser, head of wireless at Vox, added “Avanti shares the same vision and goals as Vox in terms of bringing connectivity to areas where it doesn’t exist and through that vision has demonstrated that they are the ideal partners to assist us in deploying our strategy of taking satellite broadband to under-serviced areas. The local landing station for HYLAS 4 in South Africa opens new opportunities for Ka-band satellite in the SME markets and we expect Ka-band to play a more prominent role in the SD-WAN space.”