25 May 2023
Liquid Dataport, a business of Liquid Intelligent Technologies, a pan-African technology group, and Viasat, a global communications company, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to explore business-to-business (B2B) and business-to-consumer (B2C) service opportunities across West Africa.
Liquid and Viasat intend to focus on the commercialization and distribution of satellite broadband to reduce internet connectivity costs and improve data connections across the region. Under the terms of the MoU, Liquid Dataport will offer Viasat's connectivity services through local partners.
As part of Viasat's expansion into Africa, the company's next-generation ViaSat-3 satellite constellation is expected to deliver connectivity services to Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA).
"Liquid Dataport is delighted to announce our collaboration with Viasat, and we believe there will be immense opportunities for the increased adoption of satellite connectivity in the African market as Viasat continues to expand its presence across the continent," said Scott Mumford, Liquid Dataport Chief Commercial Officer.
"The MoU we have signed with Viasat will increase the data connectivity options that businesses and consumers in West Africa can have at their disposal. The reduced costs for connectivity are good news for our enterprise customers," added Hardy Pemhiwa, Liquid President and Group CEO.
"Viasat's ability to deliver affordable and high-quality connectivity where it is needed most, even in the hardest-to-reach regions, continues to expand as we launch our next-generation ViaSat-3 global satellite constellation. We're thrilled to work with Liquid Dataport to help reduce Africa's digital gap and create new opportunities through digital inclusion," said Peter Langkilde, General Manager of EMEA at Viasat.
Viasat and Liquid Intelligent Technologies independently announced recent agreements with the Microsoft Airband Initiative to deliver internet access to millions of underserved people in Africa by the end of 2025, targeting regions that include the DRC, Nigeria, Senegal, Angola, Tanzania, and Zambia.
The MoU between Liquid and Viasat is also in line with Liquid's mission to help close Africa's digital gap. "We are always looking to bring internationally acclaimed digital and connectivity services and solutions to our customers across Africa," concluded Mumford.
This partnership is a significant step towards improving internet connectivity in West Africa. By working together, Liquid and Viasat can provide businesses and consumers with affordable and reliable access to the Internet, which will help drive economic growth and development in the region.
The partnership is also expected to help reduce Africa's digital gap. By providing internet access to underserved areas, Liquid and Viasat can help connect people to the opportunities that the internet has to offer. This can help improve education, healthcare, and other essential services in these areas.
The partnership between Liquid and Viasat is a positive development for West Africa. It has the potential to improve internet connectivity, reduce the digital gap, and drive economic growth and development in the region.
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