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Intelsat opens up space in Nairobi

Intelsat opens up space in Nairobi

Integrated satellite communications company Intelsat has announced the opening of a new sales office in Nairobi, Kenya.

In a statement Intelsat explains that the Nairobi office will be managed by industry veteran, Lawrence Mungai, previously at WestConAfrica.

"Our decision to open an office in Nairobi reflects our belief that our satellite-enabled broadband solutions can be a catalyst in the region to expand digital inclusion, creating economic growth," said Hans Geldenhuys, Intelsat Managing Sales Director, East Africa Region.

"Kenya is the business hub of East Africa. Nairobi and our Westlands office location is close to several of our existing customers and offers an outstanding base from which to share our technology and insights with our customers. Under Lawrence Mungai's leadership, our customers in the region can expect outstanding responsiveness, collaboration and tailored solutions that meet the connectivity needs of businesses operating in East Africa."

The company believes that East Africa will benefit extensively from the introduction of broadband connectivity solutions entering the market – specifically that which addresses complex communications challenges facing wireless infrastructure, banking and enterprise networks.

To this end, they underline the launch of Intelsat EpicNG high throughput satellite platform in 2016, as well as the second EpicNG satellite.

"With over 16 million African households receiving direct-to-home services broadcast by Intelsat assets, and 25 state broadcasters on the continent using Intelsat to deliver programming, the company plans further expansion of its African media business, especially as the continent achieves its digital ambitions," reads a statement by the company.

It will also offer Intelsat Institute training and certification programs for installation technicians and network design engineers in Nairobi.

In April 2017 Intelsat SA and Liquid Telecom announced an agreement to introduce high-performance EpicNG satellite services into the Liquid network.

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