New Dawn, which will launch South Africa's first satellite later this week, has signed a service agreement with South African company SkyeVine for the delivery of broadband services in sub-Saharan Africa.
SkyeVine a joint venture company between Ellies Holdings and Q-Kon, will provide affordable broadband Internet services to small business, domestic and public service entities.
Together with Q-Kon’s engineering and operations capability, and Ellies extensive retail and distribution network, SkyeVine intends to provide Internet service providers (ISP) with a complimenting product line that can reach all potential users with little or no establishment cost to the ISP.
“Despite the extensive roll-out of DSL and wireless infrastructure over the region, service gaps remain in the coverage of both urban and rural areas," says Steve Rich, CEO of SkyeVine. “The service will reach farmers, schools, clinics, businesses and individuals within these areas at affordable prices and as such, will allow ISPs to expand their markets and therefore their businesses.”
SkyeVine aims to be a true “from Africa; for Africa; by Africa” operation and will partner with Business Connexion to provide the first tier Internet connectivity, teleport uplink services and onward terrestrial connectivity services.
“Internet delivered via satellite is no longer the domain of the corporate market only,” says Wayne Samson, CEO of Ellies Holdings. "Small business and domestic users can now access Internet services. Ellies have been servicing this segment of the market for some time now, taking on the distribution of the SkyeVine ‘s equipment is a perfect fit for our business.”