Avanti turns to regional operator associations to expand satellite coverage

Avanti turns to regional operator associations to expand satellite coverage

TAMPA, Fla. — UK-based Avanti Communications is looking for more partnerships to increase its presence after securing its first major deal to use the capacity of another regional satellite operator.

Avanti announced a five-year partnership with Turkey’s Turksat on September 13 that brings together more than 100 gigabits per second (Gbps) of Ka-band capacity between them in Africa and the Middle East.

The deal combines Avanti’s Hylas 4 and Hylas 2 satellites with Turksat’s recently launched Turksat-5B to sell broadband in areas with limited ground infrastructure.

Turksat had signed a contract in 2019 to use the capacity at Hylas 2, which covers Europe, the Middle East, and Eastern and Southern Africa, for three years with a one-year extension option.

Their expanded partnership “is a milestone for Avanti’s business and the first time we have partnered with another strong regional satellite operator to access their capacity,” Avanti CEO Kyle Whitehill said. SpaceNews.

Whitehill said the company “continues to seek partnerships that harness satellite technology and help people, businesses and communities prosper.”

He said that Avanti has “committed 75% of our total investment” to bring more connectivity to Africa.

The company recently launched a managed satellite service called Avanti Extend, which is focused on helping mobile operator customers bring connectivity to remote and hard-to-reach areas in sub-Saharan Africa.

“This enables customers to provide reliable cellular service to the 100 million people who live in these challenging places that would otherwise be impossible to reach using traditional ground infrastructure,” he said.

Avanti is also currently building a satellite gateway in Senegal to extend the coverage of Hylas 4, the operator’s latest satellite, to West Africa.

While Avanti’s five-satellite fleet is in geostationary orbit, Whitehill said the company is developing hybrid network products and services that integrate lower orbit capacity and terrestrial network capabilities.

Regional satellite operators are willing to partner with Starlink and other low-Earth orbit broadband constellations to meet growing demand for bandwidth, executives at some of these companies say. said on September 13 during the World Satellite Business Week conference in Paris.

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