Avanti Communications signs Master Distributor contract for HYLAS 4 with iWayAfrica
The contract will see iWayAfrica deploy high-speed satellite broadband services from Avanti’s HYLAS 4 satellite for consumers and enterprises across Sub-Saharan Africa
Avanti Communications Group plc (“Avanti”), a leading satellite operator and provider of satellite data communications services in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (“EMEA”), has signed a HYLAS 4 Master Distributor contract with iWayAfrica, a pan-African service provider proving telecommunication solutions across the African continent, to provide satellite broadband services across Sub-Saharan Africa.
The Master Distributor contract enables iWayAfrica to utilise the latest Ka-band satellite technology via Avanti’s HYLAS 4 satellite, which offers 100% coverage of Sub-Saharan Africa. iWayAfrica will provide affordable high-speed satellite broadband to connect homes, SMEs, schools and enterprises across Sub-Saharan Africa, especially in rural and remote locations where terrestrial networks are limited.
iWayAfrica has a presence in over 44 African countries, and already deploys Avanti’s Ka-band services in Eastern and Southern Africa via the HYLAS 2 satellite. HYLAS 4, which launched in April 2018, will extend iWayAfrica’s Ka-band offering into new countries across West and Central Africa with commercial service scheduled from August 2018. iWayAfrica has regional offices for all its wholesale services in Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius and South Africa.
Kyle Whitehill, Chief Executive Officer, Avanti Communications, said: “We’re delighted to extend our partnership with iWayAfrica and have them sign as Avanti’s first Master Distributor for HYLAS 4. Combined with our world-leading Ka-band technology and IWayAfrica’s expertise in telecommunications across the African market, the new services will offer consumer and businesses affordable high-speed broadband access.”
Mathew Welthagen, Group CEO of Gondwana International Networks, the parent company of iWayAfrica, said: “With HYLAS 4, we are excited to take Avanti’s high-speed service plans to West and Central Africa for the first time. This is a natural extension of our existing relationship and we are actively engaged with our partner network to bring these services online, as well as extending our reach in the region even further to new partners and new territories”.
For further information, please contact:
Avanti – firstname.lastname@example.org
Gondwana & iWayAfrica –email@example.com | +27 11 425 6290
– firstname.lastname@example.org | +27 21 671 1521
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, our 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.
Avanti Communications is listed in London on AIM (AVN: LSE).
Gondwana International Networks is a Pan-African communications service company and one of the largest VSAT Operators in Africa through its operating brands, AfricaOnline and iWayAfrica. The Group has subsidiaries in 10 countries on the continent and offers services in an additional 34 countries via its distributor channel partners. Its main interests are in the telecommunications and Information and Communications Technology (ICT) arenas.
iWayAfrica has over 25 years of providing high-end satellite services across Africa to telecoms operators and enterprise customers via its partner network in over 44 markets. As a wholesale VSAT provider, iWayAfrica offers consumer and enterprise broadband solutions covering the whole of sub-Saharan Africa.