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Eutelsat OneWeb and NEC XON to bring LEO connectivity to sub-Saharan Africa

NEC XON will serve as the training academy for Eutelsat OneWeb's suite of products and services.

Eutelsat OneWeb, the Low Earth Orbit (LEO) internet operator and part of the Eutelsat Group, has joined forces with NEC XON, a prominent African Information and Communications Technology (ICT) integrator, in a multi-year distribution agreement aimed at delivering high-quality LEO connectivity across sub-Saharan Africa. The comprehensive agreement covers installation and training services, addressing the increasing demand for seamless connectivity in diverse sectors such as cellular backhaul, oil and gas, agriculture, government, and mining.

Eutelsat OneWeb’s LEO satellite network, renowned for its high throughput and low latency, is poised to support the rapid growth of the digital economy in the region. The collaboration leverages NEC XON’s expertise in providing cutting-edge ICT services, ensuring that the connectivity solutions cater to the demands of the African continent. A key feature of the agreement is the provision of a bandwidth and Service Level Agreement, guaranteeing customers the expected speed and Quality of Service (QoS).

Commenting on the deal, Wally Beelders, Executive Communications Solutions at NEC XON, said: “As a global leader in ICT we are embracing Eutelsat OneWeb’s satellite technology, where the collaboration signifies a pivotal leap towards a more connected Sub-Saharan Africa. This is in line with our commitment to equipping businesses across the continent with solutions that drive growth and innovation.”

Cyril Dujardin, co-General Manager of Eutelsat OneWeb, added: “By teaming up with NEC XON, Eutelsat OneWeb is positioning its satellite prowess with regional expertise to reshape connectivity in Sub-Saharan Africa. This partnership demonstrates the LEO’s power to transcend geographical constraints and unlock new applications such as connected agriculture, connected mine sites, connected enterprise and local government e-services.

NEC XON, known for developing solutions that enhance the way people live and work, is set to leverage NEC’s global ICT expertise and combine it with its deep understanding of the African market. The agreement is designed to meet the diverse needs of enterprise customers, ensuring the seamless delivery of device terminals and customer support while keeping costs and energy consumption to a minimum—especially beneficial for remote regions where traditional networks face historical challenges.