iWayAfrica Extends Contract with Avanti Communications

18 May, 2016

Avanti Communications Group plc (“Avanti” or “the Group”), a leading provider of satellite data communications services in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, announces a contract extension with pan-African broadband provider, iWayAfrica until March 2018.

The extension relates to a contract for services using Avanti’s pre-packaged SELECT product, which provides Service Providers, such as iWayAfrica, with fast, affordable satellite broadband to help bridge the digital divide.

The strong relationship between the two companies has enabled significant growth for iWayAfrica over the last 18 months. Coverage from Avanti’s HYLAS 2 satellite provides high quality broadband services to iWayAfrica consumer and small business customers across Sub-Saharan Africa.

Avanti’s Ka-band satellite technology will also provide a reliable, flexible platform for iWayAfrica as it extends services into other parts of Africa in the future.

Mathew Welthagen, Chief Executive Officer of iWayAfrica, commented: “High levels of customer satisfaction and a great user experience are fundamental to our business across Africa. Avanti’s high quality, flexible Ka-band satellite technology provides us with the broadband services that we need to achieve this, and extend our business into new countries to enable growth.”

David Williams, Chief Executive Officer of Avanti, said: “Strong partnerships, such as the one between iWayAfrica and Avanti, are the foundation for robust, growing businesses and satisfied customers. The contract extension with iWayAfrica to provide Avanti’s high quality, flexible broadband services across Sub-Saharan Africa is testimony to this partnership.”


For further information please contact:


Avanti Communications

Avanti Investor Relations: Matthew Springett, +44 (0)207 749 6703

Avanti Public Relations: Andy Phillips, +44 (0)203 829 5162

Montfort: Nick Miles / James Olley, +44 (0)203 770 7909

Redleaf: Hannah Nicolas, +44 (0)207 382 4734



Head Of Business – iWayAfrica Mauritius: Ali Bofulo, +254731888838

Chief Operations Officer – iWayAfrica Group: Michael Cocklin, +27 76 037 8839


Notes to Editors

About Avanti Communications

Avanti connects people wherever they are – in their homes, businesses, in government and on mobiles. Through the HYLAS satellite fleet and more than 180 partners in 118 countries, the network provides ubiquitous internet service to a quarter of the world’s population. Avanti delivers the level of quality and flexibility that the most demanding telecoms customers in the world seek.

Avanti is the first mover in high throughput satellite data communications in EMEA. It has rights to orbital slots and Ka-band spectrum in perpetuity that covers an end market of over 1.7bn people.

The Group has invested $1.2bn in a network that incorporates satellites, ground stations, datacentres and a fibre ring.

Avanti has a unique Cloud based customer interface that is protected by patented technology.

The Group has three satellites in orbit and a further two fully funded satellites under construction.

Avanti Communications is listed in London on AIM (AVN:LSE).



About iWayAfrica

iWayAfrica, part of Gondwana International Networks which also includes AfricaOnline, is a leading African ISP, offering solutions over satellite, fibre optic and wireless networks. With over 10 years’ experience of deploying VSAT services, iWayAfrica’s expertise lies in designing, installing and operating networks to suit customers’ requirements. The Group currently services over 67,000 corporate subscribers and over 20,000 consumer subscribers across Sub-Saharan Africa. The consistently award winning Group has a physical presence in 10 countries on the continent and offers services in an additional 34 countries via its distributor channel partners.