Konnect Africa, a subsidiary of Eutelsat Communications, is offering its services to the South African authorities to help them manage the COVID-19 health crisis.
The communications company says that it will provide temporary free broadband connectivity to eight clinics in the Mpumalanga province where terrestrial networks are not able to provide appropriate bandwidth.
Each site will benefit from 300GB of monthly data for several months, renewable if necessary. The deployment was undertaken by Konnect Africa’s local ECNS-licensed distributor, Logical Wireless, which has been authorized to operate during the lockdown as an Essential Services provider.
“This operation demonstrates our ability to respond as quickly as possible to the connectivity needs of institutional and business structures, even in complex times such as these,” says Jean-Claude Tshipama, CEO of Konnect Africa.
“We want South Africa to benefit from our expertise and the quality of our broadband services in this country by providing free connectivity to rural health and government based facilities.”
Konnect Africa has been operating in South Africa since 2016, with the ambition to bring broadband connectivity to all segments of the population, particularly those located in unserved or poorly served areas.