News Update - Telecoms and ICT in Africa - Issue No 1078 on 24 June 2022

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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…