Satnews Daily
November 16th, 2016

Juba Joins The Connected World

Providing multiple telecommunications services across Africa is MADA Communications International S.A.L. (Offshore) and that firm has now signed a multi-year agreement with SES S.A. (Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG) for the provisioning of Internet services to an Internet Service Provider (ISP) and Mobile Network Operator (MNO) in Juba, South Sudan.

MADA has signed up for service on SES’s SES-5 satellite, specifically on a C-band Hemi beam with an 115 Mbps Internet capacity linked through SES Betzdorf teleport facilities, a Tier 1 Internet provider with extremely high service and teleport availability.

According to Ferdinand Kayser, Chief Commercial Officer at SES, consumers expect to be always connected from a personal and business perspective, regardless of their geographical location. This deal will enable end users to have Internet connectivity, communicate across social media platforms and stay connected to the digital world, thus, bridging the digital divide. With this new deal, SES is able to bring Internet connectivity to MADA’s customers where terrestrial infrastructure is currently non-existent. 

Artistic rendition of the SES-5 satellite.

Dominic Fahed, Director of Africa Operations at MADA, added that his company's main focus is to provide value added services to their customers. This agreement allows the firm to tap into SES’s infrastructure for the greater good of end users and avail high quality Internet services to fulfill their daily online needs. Beneficiaries of this deal include: MNOs requiring 3G data access, 4G Telecoms, ISPs, corporate businesses and NGOs, given that connectivity has become a basic requirement to fulfill day to day operations in the workplace.