Intelsat has opened a new sales office in Nairobi, Kenya, to enhance its responsiveness to communications services and media customers in the East Africa region.
The new office will be managed by industry veteran, Lawrence Mungai.
Mungai brings a wealth of industry experience, working most recently in the telecommunications sector for WestConAfrica. He will work with a team of innovative sales and technical professionals who are well versed in the region’s connectivity demands.
“Our decision to open an office in Nairobi reflects our belief that our satellite-enabled broadband solutions can be a catalyst in the region to expand digital inclusion, creating economic growth,” says Hans Geldenhuys, Intelsat managing sales director: East Africa Region. “Kenya is the business hub of East Africa. Nairobi and our Westlands office location is close to several of our existing customers and offers an outstanding base from which to share our technology and insights with our customers.
“Under Mungai’s leadership, our customers in the region can expect outstanding responsiveness, collaboration and tailored solutions that meet the connectivity needs of businesses operating in East Africa.”
East Africa is poised to benefit from the innovative broadband connectivity solutions coming to market. In particular, Intelsat launched its next generation Intelsat EpicNG high throughput satellite platform in 2016. Intelsat 33e, the second EpicNG satellite, began to serve Africa in January 2017.
As the largest provider of commercial satellite services to the African continent with 22 satellites, Intelsat seeks to further bridge the digital divide by driving innovation across the satellite ecosystem and providing solutions that address complex communications challenges facing wireless infrastructure, banking and enterprise networks.
With over 16-million African households receiving direct-to-home services broadcast by Intelsat assets, and 25 state broadcasters on the continent using Intelsat to deliver programming, the company plans further expansion of its African media business, especially as the continent achieves its digital ambitions.