Africa Has Limitless Potentials- Whitehill, Avanti CEO 

By Elizabeth Chukwuma

 For two years running, Avanti Communications Limited, described as the leading  Ka-band  high throughput   satellite capacity  partner  to the global Communications industry  in   EMEA- extending  and guaranteeing  coverage  for defence missions,  enterprise solutions  and critical public services has been named the Satellite market Leader in the Sub-Saharan African Continent,  .

Thhe Communication outfit, which through  the Hylas satellite  fleet  and partners in in 118 countries both within and outside the African Continent  provides dedicated  fixed and  flexible- beam  satellite connectivity , with extensive coverage  across  Europe, , Middle East  and Africa. It was said to have invested  over $1.2 billion  in a network that incorporates  orbital slots in ka –band spectrum, satellites, ground stations, data centres and fibre ring.

   A top official of the company who was in   Jo hannesburg, South Africa,  on July 6, 2023,to witness the  high profile event that had attracted Communications gurus and other dignitaries  from all over the world,  disclosed that  ‘’the results   from the 20th edition  of the NSR Satellite Capacity Supply  and demand  analysis  reports  that The company‘s satellite  market share in the Sub-Saharan African  was double  that of its  closest rival company.

A document sighted by The Value News Communications Limited, shows that Avanti Share of the leased GEO-HTS market capacity in 2022, in the Sub-Saharan African was 33.1%. The closest rival  company, Eutelsat, was said to have had 15.5, while other Companies like  YahSat, share of the market was put at   13%, Intelsat,12.9%,  Arabsat, 9.2%,  Inmarsat, 8.4%, Spacecom,6.2% and the remaining  two percent of the market,  shared  by other  companies that had been  identified a providing similar services in the African Continent.   

    Given an inside information, a top official of the Company who spoke on condition of anonymity  dislosed   that over the last five years,  the Company , which has become a household names in the nation’s Digital  Industry  has made  a significant  commitment  and expanding its investment in the African Continent.

He noted that the company’s  ambition is ‘’to accelerate the  growth and development  across the African Continent   through Local partnerships, connecting  hard-to reach  rural communities and improving  network  resiliency  for critical Communications  infrastructure which is central to a country’s   economic growth strategy.

Kyle Whitehill , Chief Executive Officer, CEO, of Avanti Communications Ltd  who could not hide his joy that  the NSR’s  annual report , which is one of the industry most trusted  and comprehensive  sources for capacity analysis , offering insight  ‘’to key market  developments and dynamics  could recognise it as a market Leader’’.   

T Given its impressive performance over the last two years which had positioned it as a market Leader as  it has connected  more than  1,000 villages  and schools  and even providing critical services  to people in   Nigeria,  Ghana, and Coted’Ivoire, all member countries of the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS, which currently has President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, a former governor of Lagos state, as the Chairman  .

  The Company was said to have also been providing satellite services to the East African countries of South Africa, Tanzania, Angola and the Central African country of Cameroun including the war orn-udan.  Givenn the impressive performance of the Communications Company in the selected  African  countries in providing connectivity solutions  may have informed why  officials of the Company have gone back to the drawing board  to plan on how to connect  additional  1000  rural  communities  over the next five years  within the African Continent  that would impact on the millions of lives  and enabling the residents of the  rural  communities ‘’ to enjoy a connected life’’.  

The Company was said to have earmarked an additional $800 million to invest across the African Continent   to connect  more 1000 sites  with satellite facilities. Whitehill, the Avanti Communications Limited CEO, had told those that cares to listen that Africa has limitless  investment potentials, noting that the company  still have  more role  to play  in unlocking  these potentials  by providing connectivity solutions services.

He has described internet Connectivity   as an enabler  that provides  vital resources  and opportunities  for individuals,  businesses  and Communities  to thrive, insisting  that the Company  will not stop  in expanding its investment in Nigeria and other African countries   until ‘’it has connected the over 871 million people  currently living without basic internet connection’’.

  He had said that more than a fifth of the company’s employee are based in the most populous African country, Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa, Angola and neighbouring Benin Republic.

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