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NEC XON and Eutelsat OneWeb sign distribution agreement for LEO capacity in Sub-Saharan Africa

Eutelsat OneWeb and NEC XON have signed a multi-year master distribution agreement to bring high-quality LEO connectivity to Sub-Saharan Africa. The agreement encompasses installation, and comprehensive training across Sub-Saharan Africa.

Eutelsat OneWeb's LEO satellite-based network will provide high throughput, low latency connectivity to support rapid digital economy growth. This move supports the pressing need for seamless connectivity without borders, in applications such as cellular backhaul, oil and gas, agriculture, government and mining. The integration with NEC XON’s high quality ICT services will enable cutting-edge connectivity designed for the demands of the African continent. Furthermore, the agreement provides for a bandwidth-and Service Level Agreement to ensure that customers get the speed and QoS they expect.

"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,” says Wally Beelders, Executive Communications Solutions at NEC XON.

Cyril Dujardin, co-General Manager of Eutelsat OneWeb, says: "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 is developing innovative solutions that transform the way people live and work. By leveraging NEC's global expertise in information and communications technology (ICT) and combining it with NEC XON's deep understanding of the African market, this agreement will support the various needs of enterprise customers and ensure one-stop delivery of device terminals and customer support while keeping costs and energy consumption minimal. This is especially true for remote regions, where terrestrial and mobile networks, have posed a natural and historical challenge and where traditional VSAT has its limitations.

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