O3b Networks is building a new fiber-quality, satellite-based, global Internet backbone for telecommunications operators (telcos) and Internet service providers (ISPs) in emerging markets. By leveraging off this backbone, Mavoni Technologies will bring this state-of-the-art technology to South Africa – particularly the remote areas that do not have the broadband accessibility that Johannesburg and Cape Town enjoys.
Internet for the masses
Mavoni Technologies provides enterprise IT solutions and outsourcing services to the corporate and public service sectors in South Africa. Partnering with O3b Networks means the local company is now better positioned to bring end to end, cost effective IP broadband connectivity services to government municipalities and schools located in poorly served areas in South Africa.
Tinyiko Valoyi, CEO of Mavoni Technologies, says the deal will help the ICT provider deliver high-speed connectivity to Limpopo, Mpumalanga and the Northern Cape. “We intend to connect more than 500 schools in rural areas,” he says. “We are also working with the Department of Education in Northern Cape Province to provide connectivity to over 1 500 schools. This will impact the lives of more than 185 000 students.”
“Mavoni Technologies intends to cooperate with various government agencies to help them achieve universal service objectives and have selected O3b Networks as their strategic connectivity partner. We are pleased to work with such an organisation and look forward to supporting them to deliver a quality and sustainable product to their end customers,” adds John Finney, chief commercial officer, O3b Networks.
Improved technology = upskilling South Africa
According to the GEM report, South Africa’s entrepreneurial activity is currently at 5,9%, lower than other BRIC countries. This is often cited as a result of lack of skills and education. More schools with access to modern technology will result in improved education and hopefully a growth in the local business sector.