World leading satellite company holding talks with Ethio Telecom – Reporter
SES, world’s leading Luxemburg-based satellite company with a fleet of 50 satellites, is holding talks with Ethio Telecom to provide satellite services to backup the latter’s telecommunication infrastructure, which, to date, failed to satisfy customers. The satellite operator is set to invest over one billion euro in satellite infrastructure for Africa and will in June launch one satellite that will serve best Ethiopia and East Africa, Ibrahima Guima-Saidou, SES’s Africa representative told The Reporter.
Earlier in June, the company launched its 51st satellite to cover Africa.
“SES is providing satellite service across the world and lately we have decided to have a big push to inter Africa,” Guima-Saidou said. “My presence here to participate at Innovation Africa Digital Summit in Addis signifies our interest to enter the African market and build lasting partnership with key players in the continent.”
“I think there has been some progress made with Ethio Telecom in acquiring satellite service to complement the fiber optic system,” he said. “And I think they will continue to increase the satellite capacity to significantly complement the fiber cable system; there is room to use more satellite solution to complement the system and to connect the unconnected as well as to bring additional services for the mobile phone subscribers. To this end we are discussing with various stakeholders here including Ethio Teleocm and the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology.”
SES representative and Ethio Telecom had their latest talks a couple weeks ago when the SES representative came to Addis Ababa to participate at the Digital Africa Summit convened here at the Sheraton Addis.
Ethio Telecom has long made it official that it is looking for providers of satellite service to back up its telecommunication infrastructure in the near future. According to sources at Ethio Teleocm, the two parties might wrap up a deal in the coming months should the management of Ethio Telcom come in terms with SES.