Avanti and Free sign deal to build new satellite gateway in Senegal

24 May 2022

Avanti Communications, which provides satellite data communications services in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and Free Senegal have signed a five-year partnership agreement under which Free will build and host a new satellite gateway in the country for Avanti’s HYLAS 4 Ka-band satellite.

The gateway will extend HYLAS 4’s coverage to Senegal and the neighbouring West African countries of Guinea, Sierra Leone, Guinea Bissau, Gambia and Liberia, as well as completing Avanti’s coverage of Cote d’Ivoire. The expanded coverage will significantly increase access to high speed satellite internet for the countries’ schools, hospitals and communities. The new gateway will also provide satellite backhaul services to Avanti’s carrier customers, extending their reach to rural areas and other semi-urban locations where terrestrial networks are currently limited or unreliable. Free Senegal will build and operate the new gateway from its Tier III data centre facility in Diamniadio outside the capital Dakar, adding Avanti as a strategic customer to its growing enterprise business in Senegal and supporting the government’s Digital Senegal 2025 strategy.

Kyle Whitehill, CEO of Avanti Communications, commented: ‘This strategic partnership with Free in Senegal demonstrates our commitment to working with local partners in Africa such as Free in order to increase the coverage of our satellite fleet – benefiting countries and territories that are often overlooked when it comes to high speed broadband. We are looking forward to working with the Free team to make this vision a reality.’

Mamadou Mbengue, CEO of Free in Senegal, added: ‘We are delighted that Avanti has chosen Free to be their gateway partner in Senegal, recognising the capabilities offered by the Free team and our data centre facility in Diamniadio. This agreement between Avanti and Free to build the gateway and provide Ka-band satellite coverage across Senegal and the neighbouring countries is a major milestone in our digital transformation agenda.’

Côte d'Ivoire, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Avanti Communications, Free Senegal (formerly Tigo)