Intelsat’s CellBackhaul offers DRC mobile operators a new business to reach remote areas not connected to fibre – More countries to roll out soon

24 June 2022

With the growing spread of regional and national fibre, satellite operators have had to come up with new ways of selling their connectivity for mobile backhaul. Russell Southwood spoke to Intelsat’s Senior Vice President Global Sales Media & Networks, Jean-Philippe Gillet. Intelsat’s CellBackhaul is a managed service for mobile operators: “Our biggest challenge was that satellite is viewed as expensive, difficult to deploy and hard to implement. With CellBackhaul you are going to buy a service at a tower level. In DRC, there are four different packages linked to the type of connectivity (for example, 2G, 3G and 4G) and…


Kenya’s Kukua lands landmark US$6 million investment deal to create a kids’ edutainment brand

1 July 2022

In what is probably the first deal of its kind at this scale, Nairobi-based edutainment company Kukua has raised US$6 million to build a digitally-focused brand based on its animated superhero Super Sema, a 10 year old girl. Russell Southwood looks at why the deal is so significant and its chances of success. The current investment round was led by China’s Tencent and Alchimia. The latter is an Italian VC firm that focuses on early and growth stage investments. Among other things it has invested in Virgin’s Hyperloop One and e-commerce enabler Quicup. In 2018. the company raised $2.5 million…


Sub-Saharan Africa's Broadcasting Landscape

Balancing Act is pleased to announce the publication of Sub-Saharan Africa’s Broadcasting Landscape and Nine Key Markets. The report is a joint publication with one of the continent’s leading providers of mobile-based research and insights GeoPoll.