Global chooses Eutelsat to back up WAPP

23 August 2019

Eutelsat Communications has entered into a multi-year C-band capacity contract with Global Technologies on its EUTELSAT 10A satellite, which will provide connectivity and communications for the West Africa Power Pool project (WAPP).

Established in 1999 by ECOWAS (Economic Community of West Africa States), WAPP aims at interconnecting the electricity power grids of 14 west African nations.

Global was awarded the telecommunications part of the project and will use EUTELSAT 10A’s coverage of west Africa to monitor major power distribution sites across the region.

“After a successful partnership in Mauritania three-years-ago, we are delighted to be working alongside Global Technologies once again with assisting WAPP in achieving its ambitious shared energy project in the west African region over the coming months,” said Philippe Oliva, Eutelsat’s chief commercial officer.

Jean-Paul Steinitz, chief executive officer at Global Technologies, added: “To support WAPP in its vision to promote and develop power generation and transmission infrastructures across west Africa, we have teamed up with Eutelsat to leverage the prime capacity available on its EUTELSAT 10A satellite. “Thanks to Eutelsat’s reliable and cost-effective satellite coverage of the region, GLOBAL Technologies will contribute to offer better and cheaper access to power for millions of people by delivering telecom infrastructure to connect the WAPP countries.” 

The completion of the new deal strengthens a successful partnership dating back to 2016.