Intelsat, in collaboration with Africa Mobile Networks (AMN), is taking steps to reduce the digital divide in Africa by utilizing satellite technology to provide connectivity to millions of people. Since 2018, they have deployed over 3,000 rural base satellite antennas in several African countries, connecting more than 8 million individuals to new telecommunications services.
The partnership between Intelsat and AMN has proven successful, prompting their plans for further expansion in Madagascar, Rwanda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). In these new markets, AMN aims to establish more than 1,340 rural base stations to expand its operations and reach.
AMN is a group of companies that specializes in building, owning, operating, and maintaining mobile network infrastructure for Africa’s largest mobile network operators (MNOs). Its most extensive network is in Nigeria, which now boasts over 1,350 sites. With an additional 450 sites added since June 2023, phone and internet services are now accessible to over 3.5 million people in previously unconnected Nigerian communities.
Jean Philippe Gillet, SVP of Global Sales for Networks and Media at Intelsat, expressed their commitment to bridging the digital divide and furthering their mission of connectivity. Through their collaboration with AMN, they aim to make a lasting difference in Africa’s digital landscape.
By leveraging satellite technology, Intelsat and AMN are making significant strides in providing essential telecommunications services to underprivileged communities. Their efforts contribute to closing the digital divide in Africa, empowering individuals with access to communication resources that can enhance their lives and opportunities.