KONNECT AFRICA, the
Eutelsat-owned satellite
broadband service provider,
has unveiled SmartWIFI, a
new hotspot service, as part
of its ongoing commitment to
bring digital opportunities to
Africans.
This new service
leverages Konnect Africa’s
powerful, reliable satellite
broadband network to
enable sales outlets (retailers,
hospitalities, gas stations,
etc.) as well as healthcare
centres or schools to become a
connectivity point and digital
gateway to opportunity for
the surrounding population.
Users will be able to access
the internet from a distance
of several hundred metres
around the hotspot. Access
can be extended to several
kilometres through off-theshelf
Wi-Fi repeaters.
Users can access the
SmartWIFI service through
vouchers or mobile payment
schemes. In addition,
SmartWIFI comes with a
unique local data storage
system, enabling users in
remote areas to access smart
digital content free of data
charges, including online
courses and education
programmes, sports and
entertainment. Mobile and
computer applications will
also be available to help
support daily business
activities.
Konnect Africa CEO,
Laurent Grimaldi commented
from AfricaCom: “This new
Wi-Fi hotspot solution is
designed specifically to
address the needs of the
majority of the African
population that lives in rural
areas, where there is a need
to reduce the digital divide.
In leveraging the ubiquity
of our satellite network and
locally operated hotspots we
will foster more productive
uses of digital technology to
make everyday tasks easier
for individuals and allow
businesses in more remote
areas to expand their footprint
– let’s just think of weather
apps to assist farmers,
mobile phones to display

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bus timetables, or better
information on market days
that can help small producers
enlarge their catchment area”,
he added.
SmartWIFI will be available
in all countries covered by
Konnect Africa’s satellite
broadband service. The
new hotspot service will
be deployed in partnership
with local Internet service
providers and telecom
operators in strategic areas
across Sub-Saharan Africa.

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