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Intelsat CellBackhaul has come as a much needed savior to the remote parts of one of Africa’s largest countries. For the more than 49 million people living in remote or rural regions of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), a life without internet is not uncommon.  In those regions, more than 32 million live in an area without a minimum of 3G. The lack of reliable connectivity via mobile phone or computer can limit interactions needed for learning, working, health, and is a real barrier for development.

With the global COVID pandemic, access to the internet is no longer a nicety, it’s a necessity. Enter Intelsat, who have committed to helping extend coverage to more people in the DRC via its Intelsat CellBackhaul service.

Now any cell tower, anywhere in the DRC can be connected. Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) can use Intelsat CellBackhaul to ensure their subscribers stay connected anywhere they go.

In the coming days, with Intelsat CellBackhaul as part of their network planning strategy, Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) of any size can offer mobile broadband coverage to remote and rural areas – connecting more subscribers, land areas, roadways, and IoT devices – all with minimal investment and an extremely fast time to market.

In addition to expanding coverage, MNOs can use Intelsat CellBackhaul to ensure their subscribers stay connected anywhere they go by providing backup to existing coverage.

As an end-to-end cellular backhaul managed service, Intelsat CellBackhaul includes network design services and connectivity from anywhere in the DRC over Intelsat’s satellite network and high-end teleport infrastructure, as well as guaranteed SLAs and 24 x 7 network operations support. Intelsat also offers an additional installation and maintenance option for the antenna and modem equipment in remote sites.

Intelsat is partnering with HCI, a local company, to deploy its Intelsat CellBackhaul service from Kinshasa, DRC. Designed and built for maximum resiliency and easy connectivity to an MNO’s core network, the Intelsat CellBackhaul service in the DRC will utilize capacity from several Intelsat satellites, including Intelsat 39 (IS-39).

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