Satellite provider Intelsat has entered into a new, multi-year agreement with MSTelcom, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Angolan national oil and gas operator Sonangol, to offer broadband services largely focused on corporations in the oil/gas and banking sectors in Angola, although also offered to smaller businesses and consumers. Under the agreement, Intelsat will deliver a fully managed broadband service that provides internet access into and out of Angola, leveraging C-band capacity on the Intelsat 14 orbiter as well as the company’s IntelsatOneSM terrestrial network. Via the partnership MSTelcom will initially provide point-to-point broadband services, while the design of the Intelsat network will enable the transition to a point-to-multipoint service that allows MSTelcom to share bandwidth among clients’ multiple sites. Intelsat’s satellite solutions will facilitate network services such as the termination of IP traffic and connectivity between remote sites and corporate headquarters. Grant Marais, Intelsat’s Regional Vice President, Africa Sales, said: ‘We look forward to providing MSTelcom with a broadband network that incorporates our satellite and terrestrial solutions, as well as operational support that will help MSTelcom deliver and expand both its geographic reach and the services provided to corporate enterprises and communities within Angola.’
MSTelcom says it aims to become the main provider of fixed telecom services in the Angolan market, utilising its existing NGN fibre backbone linking north to south Angola, with metropolitan fibre network rings in the main cities. MSTelcom is also one of Sub-Saharan Africa’s biggest satellite backhaul service providers, and its network has been expanded to two international Points of Presence (PoPs) in London and Lisbon, with two additional international PoPs planned for connection in the short term (Houston, Texas, USA and Aberdeen, Scotland). Most recently, MSTelcom started the construction in Angola of a new certified Tier III level data centre.