Eutelsat Communications and Liquid Intelligent Technologies (Liquid), a business of pan-African technology group Cassava Technologies, have signed a multi-year, multi-beam agreement for capacity on the Eutelsat Konnect satellite. The deal is aimed at addressing the broadband connectivity needs of SME and SOHO customers in Uganda, South Sudan and the Eastern regions of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Under the agreement, Liquid will leverage capacity on the Eutelsat Konnect satellite to increase its portfolio with affordable internet services in territories underserved by terrestrial networks. Liquid is already a longstanding partner of Eutelsat, where it uses Ku-band capacity on the Eutelsat 7B satellite for VSAT services in Sub-Saharan Africa under a long-term contract that was renewed and expanded in 2021. Eutelsat says it has also introduced a ground station in South Africa, helping to expand local coverage to secure and create new business opportunities by offering enhanced broadband service performance.
‘We offer satellite services in over 27 African countries, impacting the lives of over 1.3 billion people. With this agreement, we will expand our service portfolio to include Ka-band services for the first time,’ noted Scott Mumford, CEO of Liquid Satellite Services, adding: ‘We have always been early innovators and investors towards initiatives and technology that will help us realise our vision of creating a digitally connected future that leaves no African behind.’