Mavoni, O3b Networks partner on broadband for schools

Monday 13 June 2011 | 10:26 CET | News
South African IT firm Mavoni Technologies is collaborating with satellite company O3b Networks to make internet access possible for rural communities in the country. The two companies signed a deal that will see the roll-out of broadband internet to communities in the Northern Cape, Limpopo and Mpumalanga provinces over the last quarter of 2012 and the first quarter of 2013. This will be based on a satellite internet backbone with a constellation of eight medium-earth orbit satellites planned by O3b. Mavoni CEO Tinyiko Valoyi said his company wants to focus on providing internet to underprivileged areas of South Africa to help develop and improve the lives of people living there. Valoyi added that his company would focus on rolling out internet in schools and government institutions. The first province they will concentrate on is the Northern Cape where they will provide internet access to an estimated 1,500 schools with about 185,000 pupils. Mavoni will also partner with the provincial government of Limpopo to bring internet connectivity to more than 500 schools there. Valoyi said his firm is currently talking with various other provincial departments and municipalities which could benefit from the initiative. He said no contracts have yet been signed with any of the departments and municipalities, but they were looking to get them finalised towards the end of the year.

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