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Dalkom, Intelsat Expand DTH Services in Africa, Middle East

By Kendall Russell | June 9, 2017
      Skyline of Mogadishu, capital of Somalia. Photo: Wikimedia.

      Skyline of Mogadishu, capital of Somalia. Photo: Wikimedia.

      Intelsat announced that Dalkom Somalia signed an agreement for satellite services that will expand its broadband enterprise and Direct-to-Home (DTH) services in East and Central Africa and the Middle East.

      Under a multi-year agreement, Dalkom, a privately owned operator based in Somalia, will incorporate Ku-band satellite services provided by Intelsat 17 to extend services currently delivered by its fiber network. This includes expanding broadband enterprise networks into countries such as South Sudan and Democratic Republic of the Congo, as well as the Middle East. Dalkom will also add DTH services to its portfolio in Somalia. Intelsat 17, located at 66 degrees east, is part of Intelsat’s video neighborhood in the Indian Ocean region.

      “We have a strong terrestrial fiber network, but our opportunities to expand into new regions and capitalize on new opportunities were limited,” said Mohamed Jama, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Dalkom. “By adding Intelsat’s satellite expertise to our network, we can expand our enterprise services into regions where terrestrial technology cannot provide services. Intelsat 17 will also allow us to capitalize on Intelsat’s media distribution knowledge to introduce DTH services for customers.”