Satellite's here to stay

The difference is, where those countries classically relied on satellite for point-to-point communications, now fibre – a far more cost effective way of providing point-to-point connectivity – is the favoured technology.

And satellite has moved onto other applications. “When I joined SES 10 years ago, fibre connectivity was making its way into the Indian market and the same predictions surfaced,” Sprague explains.

“Instead of satellite disappearing however, the business model changed from one that was focused on point-topoint applications, to one that favoured point-to-multipoint applications.

“Fast forward to today and we’re doing more satellite business in India than ever. The only difference is the business model,” he says. Sprague believes the same will be true in Africa over the coming decade.

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