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OneWeb and Q-KON Partner on Connectivity in Southern Africa

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Ibadan, 25 November 2022. – OneWeb has announced a five-year distribution partnership agreement with Q-KON Africa, a specialist technology company that supplies solutions based on satellite, wireless, and VoIP technologies to offer broadband connectivity services in African countries. Q-KON Africa connects “off-grid” locations through their satellite broadband service, Twoobii, to core networks throughout Africa reliably and effectively.

The OneWeb LEO satellite network will give Q-KON Africa’s Twoobii customers access to high-speed, low-latency broadband to connect even the most rural or remote communities across several African countries. These countries include South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland (eSwatini), Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, and Mozambique.

The Partnership agreement will also enable Q-KON Africa to provide the power of OneWeb’s network to offer vital internet service and Wi-Fi backhaul to connect schools, hospitals, civil Government, and other fixed enterprise and fintech services throughout the continent. These will also include banking, mining, and backhaul solutions.

The announcement is the latest effort for OneWeb to bridge the digital divide across Africa through strong industry collaboration with local infrastructure and service providers. Following from this, OneWeb remains on track to activate its coverage solutions in Africa and elsewhere around the world, in 2023.

Ben Griffin, VP Mobility and AMEA at OneWeb, said, “Q-KON Africa’s strong industry understanding, flexibility, agility, and local support
will help us see OneWeb’s LEO satellite network create opportunities to benefit unconnected and under-connected areas across Africa for today’s digital environment. This agreement is another example of OneWeb’s continued momentum, as we remain on track to activate
coverage solutions in Africa and globally in 2023.”

Dawie de Wet, Group CEO of Q-KON Africa and Chief Engineer for Twoobii, noted that OneWeb’s global leadership and focus on delivering assured business grade, high-performance satellite services are perfect for expanding its Twoobii Smart Satellite Services for Southern Africa. He added that “OneWeb’s technology innovations will deliver data speeds of 100Mbps and low latency of 70msec, enabling us to further service the business, enterprise, and financial markets. Leveraging emerging technologies to open new markets is in our DNA, and we look forward to leading this new era in partnership with OneWeb.”

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