Gilat Satcom has announced that Orange has ordered more satellite capacity across the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in order to meet increasing demand across all sectors of its operation. Gilat Satcom, and its local partner Raga Sat, were previously providing 400Mbps to Orange; this has now increased to 1Gbps which will be used to provide capacity for Orange’s international data, domestic and cellular backhaul networks. Gilat Satcom has been providing broadband connectivity to enterprises and ISPs in the DRC since 2008. Its partner Raga is one of only three licensed hub operators in the country. Further, Gilat Satcom uses O3b’s unique ‘Fiber in the Sky’ satellite network in the DRC.
As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, Orange completed its USD160 million takeover of Tigo DRC in April 2016, and went on to absorb Tigo’s user base on 1 October, acquiring some 4.5 million additional customers in the process.