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In the context of Satellite technology innovations, industry alignments and constellation developments, what does multi-orbit services mean for Africa? How could these services impact the connectivity landscape in Africa, and will multi-orbit satellite services deliver significant value in Africa? We consider these dynamics and provide an on-the-ground perspective....

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text] The Astronomical Rise of the Space Industry A World Economic Forum report predicts the space industry’s value will surge to $1.8 trillion by 2035, driven by lower launch costs, commercial innovation, and increased investment in communication. Global rocket launches, led by SpaceX, are booming,...

When a rocket explodes, the technical term in the industry is that the vehicle experienced a “rapid unscheduled disassembly”. The term has all of the hallmarks of what might be called euphemism by technical overstatement. It's in the same category as a used car being called a “certified previously-loved vehicle”,...

Introduction Nestled in the heart of Dikgonnye, Botswana, approximately 55 kilometers from the vibrant capital city of Gaborone, stands a distinguished Boer Goat Stud Farm belonging to the Chandima Farm Group. Mr. Thabani Machacha, a devoted breeder, channels his passion into advancing standards and nurturing innovation within the local farming sector....

Navigating Latency in Satellite Networks and Exploring its Impact on User Experience Does Latency actually matter? A good question to ask in a time when LEO is all the rage and people and businesses are educating themselves on the opportunities that satellite broadband can afford them. In this article on ITWeb...

The Future of GEO Satellite Services: A Service Provider Perspective The large-scale deployment of Low-Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite services, exemplified by projects like Starlink and OneWeb entering the African market, raises questions about the future of Geostationary Orbit (GEO) satellite services. With 36 LEO projects in the pipeline and a forecasted...

Will Satellite Constellations bridge the Digital Divide in Africa? Satellite constellations have the potential to significantly contribute to bridging the digital divide in Africa by providing improved internet connectivity to underserved and remote areas. Projects like SpaceX’s Starlink, OneWeb, and Amazon’s Project Kuiper aim to deploy constellations of small satellites to...

Introduction Mascom, a telecommunications leader in Gaborone, Botswana, has selected the Twoobii Smart Satellite Service from Q-KON to service the Botswana market. MASCOM is already servicing the Botswana market using fixed LTE, fibre and wireless networks. The Twoobii satellite service will be integrated into the MASCOM portfolio to ensure service delivery...

Considering the possible impact of LEO satellites on stargazing in Africa Low-Earth Orbit (LEO) communication constellations are rapidly becoming a reality over Africa. Given that the initial launches of the Starlink service were clearly visible in the night sky, this led to valid concerns around the possible impact of LEO constellations...