A satellite operator and a solar panel provider are teaming up to deliver internet acccess to remote villages in Africa.
Solarkiosk has experience in providing its 'E-Hubbs' to local communities in Africa. The E-Hubb is a modular, robust, and lightweight solar unit that is expandable and easily transportable to remote areas. It is designed to provide remote areas with electricity.
SES operates a fleet of more than 50 geostationary satellites that traditionally provides internet to business customers.
Under an agreement between the companies, the SES satellites will be used to provide internet connectivity to underserved areas, initially in Africa.
The system will use E-Hubb structures which take advantage of solar technology allow them to operate without a connection to an electricity grid.
“In remote and isolated communities, basic services like education and healthcare can be hindered by what we call the digital divide,” said Gerhard Bethscheider, SES managing director.
“Our partnership with Solarkiosk aims to overcome those limitations by providing high-quality connectivity services.
“Solarkiosk has a wide network of E-Hubb structures and we are proud to play such a vital role in the future success of the programme.”
Solarkiosk CEO Andreas Spiess added: “Enabling reliable energy access in underserved regions is our core mission at Solarkiosk.
“Energy access is conditional to connectivity. All Solarkiosk E-Hubbs are powered by solar energy and are therefore able to bring satellite TV, Internet access and modern communication tools to our customers and partners in the respective communities where we currently operate.
“Through our partnership with SES, we can create a significant and positive impact on base-of-the-pyramid communities in Africa and around the world.”
A similar scheme backed by the UK’s Department for International Development is bringing household solar systems that provide lighting to remote, rural areas of Tanzania.