Belgian Development Agency Partners with SES to Connect Foreign Aid Projects in Africa via Satellite

Belgian development agency ENABEL and SES, a Luxembourg-headquartered communication satellite company, have joined forces in a partnership that will see SES bring managed end-to-end connectivity infrastructure and services to over 130 sites in 20 countries across Africa.

Although the countries have not been mentioned, the initiative aims at supporting Enabel’s development projects on the continent of over 1.3 billon people, where infrastructure and connectivity are badly lacking.

As part of the multi-year framework contract that was awarded following a public tender, SES will provide antennae, installation, satellite bandwidth and end-to-end services. 

These infrastructures will then allow Enabel and its partners to upgrade the skills of African professionals, elevate the healthcare system and improve the people’s living conditions. And most of all, it will help support Enabel’s goal of providing partners with the right digital solutions and latest technologies.

Furthermore, the connectivity will reinforce the agency’s commitment to the Digital for Development’ policy Digital for Development’ policy (D4D) of the Belgian Development Cooperation and of the European Commission, the Principles for Digital Development UN Sustainable Development Goals and the UN Sustainable Development Goals UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Catalyst for development

“At Enabel, we believe that digitalisation and the benefits it brings serve as a catalyst for development. Access to high-bandwidth connectivity is essential for our projects in remote locations as it allows us to deploy critically important tools,” ENABEL MD Jean Van Wetter said.

“We are delighted to find in SES a reliable partner who shares these values and has the right expertise,” Van Vetter added.

“Its ability to quickly deploy a high-performance communications infrastructure and service, and their track record of working with governments around the world, make them the best fitting partner to support the nations in achieving Sustainable Development Goals.” 

Nicole Robinson, Senior Vice President of Global Government at SES Networks, said the fact that many African countries were vast or landlocked territories made it difficult to deploy extensive terrestrial communications infrastructure.

SES Networks is the data-centric business unit of SES. 

“We are incredibly proud and humbled to provide Enabel with connectivity so that training programmes and various critical applications can be deployed, and quality of life in remote locations can be improved,” Robinson added.

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