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OneWeb signs distribution deal with Paratus

Low earth Orbit (LEO) satellite firm OneWeb has signed a distribution deal with pan-African telecoms firm Paratus.

The agreement, announced this week, will focus on delivering satellite communications services to Paratus customers across 37 countries in Africa, particularly in rural and remote communities.

Today’s agreement brings us a step closer to realizing our mission of bridging the digital divide. By utilizing the power of our LEO network, in addition to the scale and expertise of Paratus, I am confident that we will be able to deliver for the African customers and communities that will benefit most from our connectivity solutions,” said Stephen Beynon, chief commercial officer of OneWeb.

Schalk Erasmus, Paratus Group CEO, added: “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.”

Last month the two companies signed a deal to see Paratus develop a ground station for the satellite firm in Luanda, Angola. OneWeb said it has installed its Satellite Network Portals (SNP) in Angola, South Africa, Ghana, Senegal, and Mauritius.

Wholesale-focused OneWeb, currently undergoing a merger with Eutelsat, has signed distribution agreements with more than two dozen firms globally, including Airtel and Q-Kon in Africa.