Avanti’s Hylas 4 to Connect Rural Schools in Africa
Avanti Communications has agreed to form a partnership with Global Partnership for Education (GPE), an international organization that ensures children across developing countries have access to quality education, to deliver satellite broadband via its new high throughput Ka-band satellite, Hylas 4, to 1,000 rural schools across Africa.
Through Hylas 4, which Arianespace will launch in March, remote and marginalized schools in Africa will be able to access the internet for approximately $10 a day, gaining access to e-learning and digital opportunities.
Avanti will deliver the connectivity via its Every Community Online (ECO) platform, which provides schools and surrounding communities with Wi-Fi access. Community members can download the ECO mobile payment app and make micropayments for broadband credits that convert to data allowances.
Avanti also intends to use Hylas 4 to deliver high speed connectivity for home-users, enterprises, Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) and governments across Sub-Saharan Africa.