Intelsat And AMN Boosts Cellular Coverage In Africa

Combining Intelsat’s multi-satellite African coverage with AMN’s solar-powered tower solution means that citizens and businesses in any community can now access the benefits of telecommunication services. (Photo: Business Wire)

Intelsat, operator of one of the world’s largest integrated satellite and terrestrial networks, and Africa Mobile Networks (AMN) have installed more than 3,000 rural base satellite antennas in several countries in Africa since 2018, offering new telecommunications services to more than 8 million people.

Industry sources added that AMN brings together companies that build, own, operate, and maintain mobile network infrastructure serving Africa’s largest mobile network operators (MNOs). AMN’s main network is in Nigeria and today has over 1,350 locations. Since June 2023, more than 450 sites have been added, providing phone and internet services to more than 3.5 million people in previously unconnected Nigerian communities.

Industry sources added that AMN has specialized in connecting communities, reducing initial and ongoing equipment costs while enabling the expansion of cellular services into areas where traditionally it has not been economically viable to do so. The use of satellites to provide “backhaul” connectivity to remote cell towers is an integral part of this business model. The geographic location and terrain of these towers often do not allow the use of backhaul solutions such as fiber optic cable and microwave.

Jean Philippe Gillet, Senior Vice President of Global Sales for Networks and Media at Intelsat

“Through this commitment to bridging the digital divide, our impact has been significant and we look forward to continuing our mission of connectivity, ensuring that more communities can access the benefits of telecommunications services,” stated Jean Philippe Gillet, Senior Vice President of Global Sales for Networks and Media at Intelsat. “With the AMN company, we intend to sustainably transform the African digital landscape.”

Mike Darcy, Chairman and CEO of AMN, stated: “Intelsat represents a very important partner for AMN. Our strategic partnership has enabled us to provide essential telecommunications services to 8 million people in Africa, and we look forward to seeing this number increase in the years to come.”

Industry sources further added that the combination of Intelsat’s multi-satellite coverage in Africa and AMN’s solar tower solution means citizens and businesses in virtually every community can access the educational, social, and economic benefits of telecommunications services.