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Konnect Africa to Launch Satellite Broadband in Côte d’Ivoire

By Annamarie Nyirady | January 15, 2019
Photo: Konnect Africa

Photo: Konnect Africa

Konnect Africa, an initiative from Eutelsat dedicated to satellite broadband on the African continent, revealed that it is launching internet access offers in Côte d’Ivoire.

According to the Telecommunications Sector Observatory of the Telecommunications Regulator/ICT of Côte d’Ivoire (ARTCI), the number of fixed internet subscribers in Côte d’Ivoire stood at 155,541 in the second quarter of 2018, representing 0.6% of the total population. At the same time, according to Deloitte‘s TMT 2017 report, the country has 9 million mobile internet subscriptions. Some areas of Ivorian territory, however, are not properly served by mobile technology.

Konnect Africa aims to help to bridge the digital divide in Côte d’Ivoire by offering its broadband Internet offers to individuals and professionals, particularly outside major cities, where no reliable broadband solution is available. Konnect Africa has also joined forces with local partners in Côte d’Ivoire, including Lifi-Led, Watec, Open Services, HubLive, and Ecosat.Konnect Africa is targeting rural areas in particular by offering an adapted and lightweight solution called Konnect Wi-Fi, which provides shared internet access through a single point of reception.