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Eutelsat, Paratus enter distribution deal for South Africa

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Eutelsat Communications (Eutelsat) and Paratus have signed a multi-year distribution agreement to bring high quality network connectivity to South Africa.

Under the terms of the agreement, Paratus will use operational flexibility and power of EUTELSAT KONNECT, the new-gen high throughput satellite to bring connectivity to remote and rural locations across South Africa.

Such beneficiaries of this new service include businesses operating in farming, game farms and the SME segment and consumers, for home working, home schooling and general Internet use.

“Getting connectivity in remote locations is not easy; while price is key to attracting customers, the quality of network – both connection and support – quickly proves more important,” said Kallie Carlsen, managing director, Paratus South Africa.

“There is too often a disconnect between customer expectations and the delivery of service. With the partnership between Paratus and Eutelsat we aim to overcome these boundaries and provide superior services for South Africa.”

Launched at the beginning of September 2020, Paratus’ offers, based around bundles of 10, 20 and 30Mbps, with 24/7 technical support, and operating with small, cost-efficient dishes are already seeing a high level of demand, demonstrating the growing need for high-speed connectivity in remote areas.

“We are delighted to partner with Paratus to bring high quality, reliable connectivity to businesses and consumers in South Africa who are currently in the digital divide,” added Guido Merien-van Sprundel of Eutelsat, sales director for Southern Africa at Eutelsat.

“This agreement reflects the significant demand on the African continent, and the unparalleled assets of the EUTELSAT KONNECT satellite in enabling it to be efficiently met. This contract also highlights the pertinence of Eutelsat’s multi-channel distribution strategy.”

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