Q-KON Teams Up with Intelsat to Connect Africa’s Small Businesses
African connectivity service provider Q-KON will combine a cloud-based management platform with the IntelsatOne Flex platform to deploy affordable broadband services and applications for smaller businesses throughout Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe, satellite operator Intelsat announced Oct. 17.
Q-KON’s offering will incorporate services from the Intelsat 33e high-throughput satellite, and utilize IntelsatOne Flex for its Enterprise managed wholesale service. Intelsat and Q-KON will partner on marketing the new services, while Q-KON will work with small regional and wireless ISPs and field partners for the installation and support of end-user equipment.
“Over the past 18 months, we have evaluated multiple satellite operators and potential technology providers, and we are very pleased with the collaboration with Intelsat,” Q-KON CEO Dr. Dawie de Wet said in a statement. “Intelsat truly understood the challenges we were facing in expanding our network and delivered HTS throughput via a service that allows us to tailor our offerings to meet the different requirements of our users. Through this agreement, Q-KON will leverage the advantages of the IntelsatOne Flex platform to define and structure services that solve challenges for customers across multiple verticals.”