Ethio Telecom in talks for back up satellite services

by Staff Reporter | April 10th, 2012

Jean-michel Latute, CEO, Ethio Telecom

SES, the Luxembourg-based company with a fleet of 50 satellites, is in negotiations to provide satellite services to back up the infrastructure of Ethiopia’s telecommunication provider, Ethio Telecom.

SES is planning to invest more than 1 billion euro in satellite infrastructure in Africa and expects to launch a satellite to serve East Africa including Ethiopia said Ibrahima Guima-Saidou, African Representative for SES.

The company provides satellite services all over the world and has recently launched an initiative to enter Africa and to build long-term partnerships with key players on the continent said Guima-Saidou explaining SES’s participation at the Innovation Africa Digital Summit held in Addis Ababa.

Ethio Telecom has shown progress in utilising satellite service to complement the fibre optics system and is expected to continue increasing its satellite capacity to better support the existing fibre cable system, explained Guima-Saidou.

Ethio Telecom has shown progress in utilising satellite service to complement the fibre optics system and is expected to continue increasing its satellite capacity to better support the existing fibre cable system, explained Guima-Saidou.

Ethio Telecom has officially been seeking satellite service providers to back up its telecommunication infrastructure. It is expected that SES and Ethio Telecom may come to an arrangement in the coming months.

 

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