Intelsat joins Smart Africa to help accelerate the continent’s digital transformation
8 June 2018
The initiative is aimed at accelerating sustainable socioeconomic development on the continent and ushering Africa into the knowledge economy through affordable access to broadband and usage of ICT.
Steven Spengler at the Transform Africa Smart initiative.
Intelsat S.A. joined Smart Africa during the Transform Africa Summit held in Kigali last month. The initiative is aimed at accelerating sustainable socioeconomic development on the continent and ushering Africa into the knowledge economy through affordable access to broadband and usage of ICT.
Dr. Hamadoun Toure, Executive Director of Smart Africa Secretariat, said: “Satellite technology has played an integral role in providing broadband connectivity throughout Africa. Intelsat has worked tirelessly over the past four decades to ensure that the people of Africa have access to high quality, affordable and reliable broadband connectivity. Their technology has supported the growth of businesses in the more remote areas of the continent as well as ensuring that communities have access to government services, such as education and healthcare. We welcome Intelsat to Smart Africa and look forward to partnering with them to advance, accelerate and promote Africa’s digital transformation and further economic growth across the continent.”
The Smart Africa initiative is geared towards connecting, innovating and transforming the continent into a knowledge economy thereby driving global competitiveness and job creation. The initiative also aims at enabling Member States to become more competitive, agile, open and innovative smart economies with the most favorable business climates that attracts large-scale investments, rewards entrepreneurship and enables fast growth and exports, leveraging ICT innovations to transform African nations into smart societies.