London, United Kingdom, November 18, 2022: OneWeb today announced a distribution partnership agreement with Q-KON Africa, a specialized technology company that provides solutions based on satellite, wireless and VoIP technologies, to offer broadband connectivity services in African countries.
Q-KON Africa connects “off-grid” locations through its satellite broadband service, Twoobii, to core networks across Africa reliably and efficiently. The OneWeb LEO satellite network will enable Q-KON Africa’s Twoobii customers to access high-speed, low-latency broadband to connect even the most rural or remote communities in several African countries. These include South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland (eSwatini), Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique.
The five-year strategic distribution agreement was finalized at this month’s South African digital infrastructure event, AfricaCom. It will enable Q-KON Africa to unleash the power of the OneWeb network to provide vital internet service and Wi-Fi backhaul to connect schools, hospitals, civil government and other fixed enterprise and technology services. financial services across the continent, including banking, mining and backhauling solutions.
This announcement is OneWeb’s latest effort to help bridge the digital divide across Africa through strong industry collaboration with local infrastructure and service providers. OneWeb remains on track to activate its coverage solutions in Africa, and elsewhere in the world, in 2023.
Ben Griffin, Vice President Mobility and AMEA at OneWeb, said, “At OneWeb, we believe that being connected everywhere changes everything and that’s why we are thrilled to partner with the engineering experts at Q-KON Africa to continue our mission to connect the hardest to reach people to the internet. . Q-KON Africa’s strong industry understanding, flexibility, agility and local support will help us see OneWeb’s LEO satellite network create opportunities to benefit unconnected and under-connected areas across the country. Africa for today’s digital environment. This agreement is another example of OneWeb’s continued momentum as we remain on track to activate coverage solutions in Africa and globally in 2023.”
Dawie de Wet, CEO of Q-KON Africa Group and Chief Engineer of Twoobii, said, “For us, OneWeb’s global leadership and dedication to delivering high-performance, enterprise-grade satellite services is the perfect option to expand our Twoobii smart satellite services for Southern Africa. OneWeb’s technology innovations will deliver 100 Mbps data speeds and 70 ms low latency, allowing us to better serve commercial, enterprise and financial markets. Leveraging emerging technologies to open new markets is in our DNA and we look forward to leading this new era in partnership with OneWeb.
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