Eutelsat Wins Libyan Internet Deal

Rawafed Libya for Telecommunications & Technology, a leading Internet Service Provider in Libya, has sealed a multi-year agreement with Eutelsat Communications (Euronext Paris: ETL) for capacity on the KA-SAT satellite to support IP trunking services to its new wireless broadband network in Libya.

Rawafed Libya has concluded a wholesale agreement with Eutelsat enabling it to use up to 1.6Gbit/s of capacity on two KA-SAT spotbeams that provide premium reach of Tripoli, Benghazi and surrounding regions.

Rawafed Libya’s use of KA-SAT will accelerate access to wireless broadband for public agencies, enterprises and consumers in the more densely populated areas of Libya. The company is deploying local Wifi hot spots that will be fed by KA-SAT in areas where there is no terrestrial infrastructure for Internet services. KA-SAT will also provide a back-up solution in areas where infrastructure exists.

Michel de Rosen (pictured), CEO of Eutelsat, said:

"This new wholesale agreement with Rawafed Libya underscores the high flexibility of the KA-SAT infrastructure. It enables our partner to design, manage and scale up its own network using our proven platform, and presents a fast route to wireless broadband for users in KA-SAT’s Libyan service area. We are delighted to develop this new relationship with Rawafed Libya.

Taha Ellafi, CEO of Rawafed Libya, said:

"We analysed a number of options for connecting Wifi hot spots in the area covered by KA-SAT’s spotbeams. This satellite and the flexibility of Eutelsat’s commercial and operational proposals rapidly emerged as the best fit for our stringent requirements. We are now equipped with a solution that enables us to immediately accelerate wireless broadband deployment and we also have the long-term visibility we need to grow our network and continue to develop our cooperation with Eutelsat in our region.

(Source: Eutelsat)

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