Avanti continues African expansion with dignitary meeting

13 February 2024

Avanti Communications has welcomed Rt Hon Kemi Badenoch MP, the UK Secretary of State for Business and Trade, President of the Board of Trade, and Minister for Women and Equalities and Helen Grant MP, the UK Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Nigeria, to Lagos for a special meeting at its office in Ikoyi.

The meeting with the UK Government dignitaries, which took place on February 12th, was scheduled to discuss Avanti’s work across the country in the areas of rural connectivity and education.

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Spacecom launches Satellite IoT-as-a-service for SSA

12 February 2024

Spacecom Ltd. has announced the successful launch of its Satellite IoT-as-a-Service, aimed at revolutionizing digital agriculture in sub-Saharan Africa.

In collaboration with Ayecka and harnessing the AMOS GEO satellites and Ayecka AR-1100 satcom terminals, Spacecom introduces a reliable, independent, and sustainable fully off-grid solution to bring efficient IoT services to rural areas across Africa.

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Consortium creates Mobile Satellite Services Association (MSSA)

09 February 2024

Viasat, Inc., Terrestar Solutions, Ligado Networks, Omnispace and Al Yah Satellite Communications Company PJSC (Yahsat), have announced the Mobile Satellite Services Association (MSSA), which will bring significant scale and choice to promote and advance the emerging Direct-to-Device (D2D) ecosystem.

MSSA seeks to develop a global ecosystem utilizing over 100 MHz of L- and S-band spectrum already allocated and licensed for mobile satellite services (MSS), which is well-suited for integration into a broad range of mobile devices. The non-profit industry association intends to align with 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) standards to extend terrestrial mobile coverage for both Mobile Network Operator (MNO) and Over-the-Top (OTT) internet services.

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South Sudan calls for Starlink to appoint official agency for regulatory compliance

06 February 2024

South Sudan’s National Communications Authority (NCA) has asked Starlink to appoint an ‘official agency’ in the country to ensure regulatory compliance and enable it to legally market its equipment and services to South Sudanese citizens.

For now, the NCA warns citizens against the illegal importation, sale, and activation of Starlink internet equipment. The regulator considers this illegal since it has neither issued a license for the company’s activities nor approved its equipment. Violators will face sanctions, including fines, confiscation of equipment and prosecution in a court of law.

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