Niger fights virus using satcom technology

18 August 2020

The Niger government’s response to the coronavirus is being supported with satellite capacity and equipment after a recent agreement with Avanti Communications.

Through the HYLAS satellite fleet and partners in 118 coun- tries, Avanti provides dedicated fixed and flexible-beam satellite connectivity, with extensive cover- age across Europe, the Middle East andAfrica. Avantiisworkingwith the HYLAS 4 satellite, launched in April 2018. Using Ka-band technology, it has 64 fixed beams serving Africa and Europe, as well as four independent steerable beams able to be steered anywhere visible on the Earth’s disk from 33.5 ̊W.

Using HYLAS 4 capacity, Avanti says it plans to provide resilient and secure satellite connectivity and equipment to ten government sites across Niger, keeping lines of communication open for key government bodies.

Avanti is collaborating with the National Agency of Information Society (ANSI), the technical arm of the government of Niger responsible for coordinating ICT solutions in
the coronavirus response in Niger. The first site was set up on 15 April 2020 and the remaining nine will be installed over the next few weeks.