Liquid launches Low Earth Orbit satellite services

Liquid Intelligent Technologies has announced an agreement with Eutelsat Group to offer low Earth orbit (LEO) satellite services in Africa.

The agreement will see Liquid become Eutelsat’s distribution partner for its OneWeb product.

“Working together and leveraging Eutelsat Group’s innovative LEO services, we can unlock new opportunities for enterprises and communities,” said Eutelsat VP of Connectivity for Africa, Philippe Baudrier.

“We look forward to the positive impacts we can have to help Liquid’s customers flourish, especially in the mining industry in Central Africa.”

Using the OneWeb LEO satellite network allows Liquid to offer low latency and the ability to integrate services across the LEO satellite access and Liquid Dataport core network infrastructure.

OneWeb LEO also allows for faster orbital periods and higher bandwidth, according to Liquid.

Liquid said that because satellite technology is relatively new to Africa and limited in reach, its Dataport  customers can expect “enhanced performance for applications like cloud computing, video conferencing, and real-time applications, amongst others.”

The Liquid Dataport LEO offering also extends to enterprise access with Internet breakout and point-to-point services.

Liquid is not the only telecommunications operator in Africa that has announced an LEO partnership with Eutelsat.

Avanti, a global multi-orbit satellite technology provider, announced that it was partnering with Q-KON to deliver LEO connectivity from Eutelsat OneWeb just under a week ago.

This was part of Avanti’s attempt to hone in on the African market as it aims to make the continent its primary revenue source.

“The deal significantly bolsters Avanti’s multi-orbit solution, enabling the company to offer a combination of LEO and GEO services effective immediately,” the company said.

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