Satellite broadband provider Konnect Africa has today announced its new hotspot service dubbed SmartWiFi. The announcement was made by the Eutelsat-owned company at AfricaCom 2017 in Cape Town.
SmartWiFi will use Konnect Africa’s satellite network to provide connectivity to the likes of hospitals, schools and retailers across South Africa.
Unlike traditional access points that usually serve a small area, Konnect Africa’s SmartWiFi will be “able to access the internet from a distance of several hundred meters around the hotspot”.
It can also be expanded further through the use of repeaters. This allows SmartWiFi to be employed in non-urban areas, explained Laurent Grimaldi, the company’s CEO.
“This new WiFi hotspot solution is designed specifically to address the needs of the majority of the African population that lives in rural areas, where there is a need to reduce the digital divide,” Grimaldi noted.
“In leveraging the ubiquity of our satellite network and locally operated hotspots we will foster more productive uses of digital technology to make everyday tasks easier for individuals and allow businesses in more remote areas to expand their footprint.”
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