Global satellite communications company Intelsat announced its deal with Q-KON to launch broadband services in Africa.
IntelsatOne Flex platform will enable Q-KON to deploy broadband that enables new services and applications for smaller businesses throughout Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Q-KON targets small businesses, schools at the metro edge, farmers, and hospitality businesses in remote areas.
Q-KON’s offering will incorporate services from Intelsat 33e satellite, and utilize IntelsatOne Flex for Enterprise, a managed wholesale service that removes the complexities and improves the economics of network expansion.
Intelsat and Q-KON will partner on marketing the services, while Q-KON will work with small regional and wireless ISPs and field partners for the installation and support of end-user equipment.
IntelsatOne Flex for Enterprise enables Q-KON to improve the efficiency and robustness of its network and offer customized services. In addition, it will enable Q-KON to close the business case and enable network expansion in regions previously uneconomical to serve – all while maintaining full control of its network.
“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,” said Dawie de Wet, CEO of Q-KON.