Avanti Communications and Free in Senegal sign historic agreement to build and host the new HYLAS 4 satellite gateway in Senegal


Avanti Communications and Free in Senegal sign historic agreement to build and host the new HYLAS 4 satellite gateway in Senegal

Press release from: Avanti Communications
Posted: Tuesday May 24th 2022

Avanti Communications (“Avanti”) and Free in Senegal today announced a five-year partnership agreement under which Free in Senegal will build and host a new satellite gateway in Senegal for the state-of-the-art Ka-band satellite HYLAS 4 from Avanti.

The new gateway will extend the coverage of Avanti’s latest satellite, HYLAS 4, to Senegal and the neighboring West African countries of Guinea, Sierra Leone, Guinea-Bissau, Gambia and Liberia, while complementing Avanti’s coverage of Côte d’Ivoire. The expanded coverage will significantly increase high-speed satellite Internet access for schools, hospitals and communities in the countries.

The new gateway will also provide satellite backhaul services to Avanti operator customers, extending their reach to rural areas and other semi-urban locations where terrestrial networks are currently limited or unreliable.

Free Senegal will build and operate the new gateway from its Tier III data center in Diamniadio, outside the capital Dakar, adding Avanti as a strategic customer to its growing enterprise business in Senegal and supporting the strategy Digital Senegal 2025 from the government.

Among the many benefits of increased connectivity, the partnership is expected to have a significant impact on education, enabling e-learning services for schools in the region. Pending approval from the Senegalese authorities, the gateway is expected to be commissioned in December 2022.

Kyle Whitehill, CEO of Avanti Communications, said, “This strategic partnership with Free in Senegal demonstrates our commitment to working with local partners in Africa such as Free to increase the coverage of our satellite fleet – benefiting countries and often neglected territories. when it comes to broadband broadband. We look forward to working with the Free team to make this vision a reality.

Mamadou Mbengue, CEO of Free in Senegal, added: “We are delighted that Avanti has chosen Free as their gateway partner in Senegal, recognizing the capabilities offered by the Free team and our data center in Diamniadio. This agreement between Avanti and Free to build the gateway and provide Ka-band satellite coverage across Senegal and neighboring countries is a major step in our digital transformation program.

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About Avanti Communications

Avanti Communications is the communications industry’s leading Ka-band broadband satellite capacity partner in EMEA, extending and ensuring coverage for defense 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. Avanti has invested $1.2 billion in a network that integrates orbital slots in the Ka-band spectrum, satellites, ground stations, data centers and a fiber ring.


About Free in Senegal

Free in Senegal is a leading telecommunications service provider based in Senegal. The company specializes in fiber optic connectivity, 4G mobile networks and online money transfer solutions, catering to individuals and businesses, enabling its customers to connect to a faster network.

Free Senegal is part of a consortium made up of NJJ, the Teyliom group and AXIAN Telecom.


Avanti Communications:

Alex Rowe

[email protected]

Free Senegal:

Lamine Diallo

Responsible for the communication

[email protected]

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