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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TinSky and OneWeb complete first west African LEO satellite gateway

13 June 2022

TinSky Connect has successfully completed the installation of 15 Satellite Access Portal (SAP) OneWeb antenna systems, and customer provided equipment at a Satellite Network Portal (SNP) or gateway facility in Accra, Ghana.

OneWeb is a global communications network powered through space, enabling connectivity for governments, businesses and communities. Tinsky Connect was selected as OneWeb’s technical engineering partner for its first west African SNP. The gateway is located in Tema on the outskirts of the capital on a site of six hectares. The site is owned and run by ComSys who will continue to host the gateway on behalf of OneWeb.

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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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InterSAT selects ST Engineering iDirect for tech upgrade

13 June 2022

Satellite communications specialist ST Engineering iDirect will provide internet service provider InterSAT Communication Services FZCO with a technology upgrade to deliver enhanced services to its customers across the African continent.

The upgrade to its existing Evolution platform will allow the latter to leverage new technologies and efficiencies to remain competitive in an increasingly challenging market.

One of the largest internet solutions providers, InterSAT serves a portfolio of different verticals, providing essential satellite-based connectivity across the entire African continent to NGOs, SMEs, governments, oil and gas companies, and the broadcast sector. The company is focused on offering connectivity and investing heavily in state-of-the-art technology that makes service delivery better and faster.

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