NileSat to launch fourth satellite

13 June 2022

Egypt’s commercial satellite communications operator NileSat will launch its fourth, NileSat-301, in May 2022.

According to European satellite manufacturer Thales Alenia Space, Nilesat-301 has recently been placed inside its Cannes transport and will be transported west along the Cote d’Azur to Fos-Sur-Mer before heading to the US for launch.

NileSat signed the contract with Thales Alenia Space in December 2019 and the project had a development timeline of 25 months. However, the project timeline has been extended four more months from January 2022, which was the previous deadline. NileSat also signed a launch contract with SpaceX for the in-orbit delivery of the satellite.

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Avanti and Free in Senegal agreement to build and host new HYLAS 4 satellite gateway

13 June 2022

Avanti Communications and Free in Senegal signed a five-year partnership agreement under which the latter will build and host a new satellite gateway in Senegal for Avanti’s HYLAS 4 Ka-band satellite.

The new gateway will extend the coverage of Avanti’s latest satellite, HYLAS 4, to Senegal and the neighbouring west African countries of Guinea, Sierra Leone, Guinea Bissau, Gambia, and Liberia, as well as completing Avanti’s coverage of Côte d’Ivoire. The expanded coverage will significantly increase access to high-speed satellite internet for the countries’ schools, hospitals and communities.

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Sparkle partners with Nigeria’s Ciudad for high-Speed international connectivity

13 June 2022

Sparkle, the first international service provider in Italy, has been selected by Nigerian operator Ciudad, one of Africa’s fastest growing telecommunication companies, to provide high-speed international IP connectivity.

Operating as OneData Nigeria, Ciudad is an alternative internet service provider with a market presence in six cities.

Sparkle’s global IP Transit backbone Seabone - the first International Tier-1 backbone in Africa and among the top five worldwide - at its point of presence in Lagos, helps Ciudad gain low latency and high-speed access to the global Internet.

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Azercosmos and Signalhorn to provide satellite services in Africa

10 June 2022

Azerbaijan’s satellite operator Azercosmos OJSC, has signed a cooperation agreement with the Swiss company Signalhorn to provide uninterrupted, secure and high-quality satellite services throughout Africa via the C Band capacity on the Azerspace-1 satellite.

Moreover, Azercosmos and Signalhorn will provide broadband satellite services and a wide range of satellite applications for humanitarian projects in Africa using the iDirect satellite communications platform.

“Our cooperation with Signalhorn will further strengthen our position in the African region, and our advanced, reliable and flexible solutions will lead to new projects,” said Mark Guthrie, chief commercial officer (CCO), Azercosmos.

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