London-based satellite operator Avanti Communications is supplying capacity on its Hylas 4 craft to Niger.
An Avanti statement said: “As the world seeks to stay connected from behind closed doors, satellite connectivity is playing an important role in guaranteeing secure and reliable communication for government bodies, first aid responders and health organisations.”
“Using Hylas 4 capacity, Avanti is providing satellite connectivity and equipment to 10 government sites across the country, keeping lines of communication open for key government bodies in Niger. Avanti are collaborating with the National Agency of Information Society (ANSI), the technical arm of the government of Niger responsible for coordinating ICT solutions in the Covid-19 response in Niger,” the statement added.
Avanti set up its first site as part of the scheme on April 15th and the remaining 9 will be installed within the next few weeks.
Avanti CEO, Kyle Whitehill, commented: “At Avanti, we are deeply concerned about the spread of the pandemic and we want to help in any way we can. The telecommunications industry has an important role to play in this global crisis and we are privileged to be able to use our satellite technology to support the Niger Government in its initiative to fight Covid-19.”
ANSI CEO, Ibrahima Guimba-Saïdou, said :In Niger we are levering all aspects of ICT in our fight against Covid-19. As such assuring good availability and good connectivity at our strategic locations is mandatory. The Avanti VSATs are reinforcing our technical capabilities.”