Paratus to Build OneWeb Gateway in Angola for LEO Satellite Services
Network infrastructure company Paratus will build a new gateway for telecommunications provider OneWeb in Luanda, Angola, which will provide Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite services to several countries in the region.
Paratus has signed a multi-year agreement with OneWeb to build the gateway, which will be operational in the second half of 2023 and will bring secure solutions to enterprises, as well as cities, towns, municipalities and schools, including the most difficult to reach regions of several African countries.
This is the first of several OneWeb gateways planned in Africa. The teleport, or gateway, will consist of 16 antennas and a network hosting facility, linked to OneWeb’s LEO infrastructure and thereby connecting Africa to the world and the world to Africa, Paratus added.
“When considering the extent and persistence of the digital divide, as well as the barriers to connectivity for businesses operating in rural or remote areas, the need for LEO satellite options is clear. Globally, mobile internet penetration is still only 50% and many of those who remain offline reside in Africa. By installing OneWeb teleports linked to hundreds of LEOs, we can bridge this gap efficiently and affordably,” said OneWeb Ground Infrastructure Director. Joe Paciaroni.
“We chose to partner with Paratus Angola because the group is rooted in Africa; he fully understands and invests to meet market demands; and because Paratus is committed to transforming African connectivity through exceptional digital infrastructure.
This agreement, combined with the recent launch of Paratus’ fiber optic connection to the Democratic Republic of Congo, the inauguration of the Paratus Group’s data centers in Zambia and Namibia and the coverage of all Angolan provinces, means that Paratus has the infrastructure to provide a highly sophisticated network hub in Angola that allows for expansion beyond its borders, said Paratus Group CTO Rolf Mendelson.
“With this agreement, we are taking another giant step towards realizing our plan to use Angola as a communications hub for the region. Being selected as the preferred partner to install the gateway in Angola for OneWeb reaffirms our superior ability to develop world-class telecommunications infrastructure in Africa,” he said.