At Avanti, we strive to constantly innovate and leverage our satellite technology to empower people and strengthen communities. From educating over 300,000 children in Africa to delivering connectivity to refugee camps, we provide vital connectivity when and where it is needed most.
Through developing programmes and forming partnerships with governments and humanitarian organisations, we are breaking down geographical and socio-economic barriers to opportunity. Our social initiatives are focused on efforts to further welfare, reintegration in society, education and humanitarian aid.
Supporting the Global Goals
Our ‘Be More’ mantra runs through our DNA and we fully support the United Nations Global Goals by taking a stand and doing our part to make a difference.
Sitting alongside names such as Coca-Cola, Diageo, Google, Mastercard, Microsoft and more, Avanti is one of the 17 Business Avengers who have joined forces to help achieve the Goals by 2030. Avanti is responsible for Quality Education – in reflection of our wider commitment to improve education across Africa.
Avanti’s commitment to make a difference in children’s education
Five years ago, Avanti began leading the consortium that delivers improved numeracy and literacy educational outcomes to marginalised school children in Kenya through the DFID-funded Project iMlango. This project is unique as, not only does it focus on bringing satellite broadband internet to rural schools but it also incorporates a whole school programme tailored for marginalised children. Five years on and the results are impressive: the project has been implemented in 205 primary and 40 secondary schools across 4 regions in Kenya, reaching over 180,000 marginalised students and has shown exceptional learning outcomes for these children, doubling their numeracy learning rates.
Providing resilient infrastructure and emergency post disaster communications
Working with the Ministry of Interior and Red Cross Society in Kenya, Avanti and its partners are undertaking a Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) programme, which uses satellite technology to improve Kenyan capacity to plan for and respond to disasters effectively.
Avanti’s satellite systems provide a secure, resilient, always-on infrastructure in disaster situations – providing critical tools for emergency communications and situation assessment. The project supports the development of Kenyan Agencies and Responders by enhancing coordination, command and control of disaster response at local, regional and national level.
Avanti is also supporting disaster recovery using their steerable beams capacity. We were able to move one of our beams over Mozambique to provide vital connectivity for rescuers when Cyclone Idai hit the country in March 2019.
Collaborating with SINA and UNHCR to bring connectivity to refugee settlements
At Avanti, giving back to the community is something close to our hearts. We understand the importance of connectivity in empowering people, strengthening communities and giving back to the regions we work in.
Through our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) projects, we aim to connect people living in the remotest of locations and in the most difficult of circumstances.
East Africa, and Uganda in particular, hosts some of the largest refugee populations in the world. In July 2019, we partnered with the Social Innovation Academy (SINA) to provide solar powered satellite broadband to their Bidi Bidi site. This is the first of three installations that Avanti will install in the refugee settlement. SINA’s site is off grid, in a very remote location and is now able to provide refugees and host communities with access to the internet and an ICT lab.
We are also delighted to be connecting SINA’s second site in Mpigi, Uganda, soon. We are a proud partner of SINA’s work in enabling disadvantaged young people to become socially minded entrepreneurs. We would like to thank the Global Business Coalition for Education (GBC-Ed) for using their platform to introduce us to SINA’s innovative approach.
Avanti and UNHCR
Following the success of the SINA project, in 2020 we launched a CSR partnership with UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, to donate solar powered satellite broadband connectivity to refugee settlements across Uganda. Avanti’s seven connected sites are now being used by UNHCR and their implementing partners to provide refugees with access to information, protection and livelihood services. Our solar powered solutions are reaching people living in the remotest, off grid settlements.
Through 2021, Avanti will be following the stories of people living in these settlements and the ways our connectivity has empowered people to upskill and access revenue generating opportunities online.
We can’t wait to see what people can achieve when we work together to bridge the digital divide.
Supporting those who serve
We are proud to support those who serve. As part of our long term commitment to the Services, we have signed the Armed Forces Covenant. The Covenant is a pledge by Avanti to recognise the value serving personnel, reservists, veterans and military families bring to our company and demonstrates our commitment to help them both in service and after.
As part of our engagement, we support Walking With the Wounded, a British military charity that help injured former British Armed Forces servicemen and women in their career transition from the military to civilian life.
Government – Civil
Our satellite solutions provide secure, rapid and reliable connectivity for government digital inclusion programmes, disaster relief management and critical services.
We are the leading Ka-band satellite capacity partner in Europe, Middle East and Africa. We extend and guarantee coverage for defence missions, enterprise solutions and critical public services.