Avanti partners Tigo Senegal to expand Wi-Fi project

31 March 2017


Avanti Communications Group announced a partnership with Millicom to bring the Avanti ECO initiative to sub-Saharan Africa. The companies will provide Wi-Fi services to schools and communities, addressing the digital divide in the region. By combining Avanti’s satellite technology, with the market reach expertise from Millicom, the partnership will additionally commission a new Gateway Earth Station in Senegal. Avanti will build the new GES and use Sen-Connect’s soon to be launched Diamniadio Data Centre.

Sen-Connect is a fully owned Millicom subsidiary in charge of managing this new data centre which is part of the master development plan of Diamniadio being pioneered by the Senegalese government. It is the first Tier III data centre to be certified by the Uptime Institute within UEMOA (West African Economic and Monetary Union).

The new GES will guarantee data security within Senegal and will provide secure, high-quality data connectivity for a burgeoning government, enterprise and retail customer base. The infrastructure will ensure that traffic generated through the upcoming launch of Avanti’s Hylas 4 Ka-band satellite is managed in a secure and efficient way. The launch of Hylas 4 will see Avanti complete its internet connectivity coverage across the entire continent, and together with Tigo Senegal, Millicom’s operation in the country, and Sen-Connect, the company will continue to address rural broadband connectivity applications in domains such as education and healthcare across Senegal.

Millicom and Wari Group signed on 02 February an agreement for the transfer of Tigo Senegal to Wari, who has endorsed this development with Avanti. The ECO Wi-Fi initiative, launched by Avanti in October 2016, consists of solar-powered Wi-Fi hotspots hosted at schools, which in turn will benefit from subsidised internet access.
Source: Telecompaper 29 March 2017