Pan-African telecom company, Paratus Group has partnered with OneWeb to deliver low Earth orbit (LEO) connectivity solutions across 37 countries in Africa.

The deal will focus on providing satellite communications services to Paratus customers, particularly in rural and remote communities.

The agreement builds on the previous multi-year agreement between OneWeb and Paratus to develop a gateway in Luanda, Angola, which will become operational in the second half of 2023.

This new gateway will facilitate the provision of OneWeb’s high-speed, low-latency connectivity to businesses, government, schools, clinics, and hospitals in under-serviced areas.

“The OneWeb distribution agreement is a great achievement for us and affirms our considerable capability and reach in Africa. This agreement will further enable us to deliver on our vision to transform Africa through exceptional digital infrastructure and customer service," Schalk Erasmus, Chief Executive Officer of Paratus Group said.

The announcement builds upon the significant strides that both companies have made to enhance connectivity in Africa. OneWeb has installed its Satellite Network Portals (SNP) in Angola, South Africa, Ghana, Senegal and Mauritius, and continues to secure strategic partnerships to roll out its coverage solutions.

Paratus has recently launched fibre connection to the Democratic Republic of Congo, inaugurated data centres in Zambia and Namibia, and activated its coverage solutions in Angolan provinces.