Vodacom partners with Intelsat for cellular backhaul in DRC

SA-based Vodacom signed an agreement with Intelsat to support its cellular backhaul deployment in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Vodacom is in the process of implementing its 3G network across the country, and the agreement to utilise Intelsat’s cellular backhaul infrastructure to support wireless services in Tanzania, Mozambique and other parts of sub-Saharan Africa.

Intelsat managing director of Africa sales, Jon Osler, said the deal will significantly help Vodacom advance its presence in Africa.

“This agreement continues our decade-long support of Vodacom in Africa, and comes at a time of unprecedented demand for reliable communications access,” he said.

“Intelsat’s breadth of services in the region, and our expertise in supporting wireless operators, allows providers such as Vodacom to reach its business goals as it expands its presence across Africa.” 

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