Niger combats virus with help from satcoms technology

Niger combats virus with help from satcoms technology

The Niger government’s response to the coronavirus is being supported with satellite capacity and equipment after a recent agreement with a leading provider of satellite technology.

The supplier, Avanti Communications, is a leading Ka-band high throughput satellite capacity partner to the communications industry in EMEA, extending and guaranteeing coverage for defence missions, enterprise solutions and critical public services.

Through the HYLAS satellite fleet and partners in 118 countries, Avanti provides dedicated fixed and flexible-beam satellite connectivity, with extensive coverage across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. 

In this case Avanti is working with the HYLAS 4 satellite, launched in April 2018. Using Ka-band technology, it has 64 fixed beams serving Africa and Europe, as well as four independent steerable beams able to be steered anywhere visible on the Earth’s disk from 33.5˚W.

Using HYLAS 4 capacity, Avanti says it plans to provides resilient and secure satellite connectivity and equipment to ten government sites across Niger, keeping lines of communication open for key government bodies.

Avanti is collaborating with the National Agency of Information Society (ANSI), the technical arm of the government of Niger responsible for coordinating ICT solutions in the coronavirus response in Niger. The first site was set up on 15 April 2020; the remaining nine will be installed over the next few weeks.


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