Published on: Jan 14, 2016
From 2015 Onward
2015 has been a defining year for the future of SES Africa. We have continued to lead our industry, not only within satellite communications but also as leaders in corporate Africa.
Elevate in Africa
Elevate is an initiative that was conceived and launched in Africa, and due to it’s pioneering success here, it is being implemented across the global group.
Elevate continues to be a company-wide focus for us. Evolving from a training and educational program to a means of job creation for those trained, our goal with Elevate is not merely the training and up-skilling of Installers but also the empowerment of these newly skilled individuals to grow their businesses into sources of sustainable income.
In Cape Town, 11 September 2015, the first ELEVATE for VSAT training was successfully conducted alongside the iWeek event. A total of 22 installers, field technicians, and engineers completed this new training program. The program instead of focusing on targeting DTH customers, shifted to focusing on Enterprise customers helping improve the skill set of technical teams.
The SES Elevate for Broadcast team had already travelled to and trained installers in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Cameroon, Nigeria, Senegal, Côte d’Ivoire, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Mali, South Africa and Niger, and the number continues to
grow across the continent.
As we move into the New Year, Elevate will remain a cornerstone of what SES Africa does in Africa in our pursuit of tangible local upliftment.
Get more on the Elevate Program here.
SES Week and Industry Days Africa Made a Global Impact
In Cape Town, 16 November 2015, the first SES Week in Africa was launched. SES Week is an Industry conference bringing together thought leaders and industry leaders to share their stories and ideas, to collaborate and find solutions for their home
Africa’s SES Week, our SES Week, was designed around AfricaCom, Africa’s most notable technology event, gathering 10,000 of the smartest, most switched-on digital movers and shakers from the entire digital ecosystem.
We had a solid presence at 2015’s AfricaCom with a well-attended stand and numerous speaking opportunities to maintain SES’ position as an industry leader.
AfricaCom also acted as a platform to launch SES Broadband to a wide and relevant audience. Within SES Week, we hosted Africa’s first Industry Days and our annual Customer Party, moderated by SES’s Vice President of Reception Systems Thomas Wrede.
Industry Days focused on broadcast and enterprise, gathering 135 attendees including some of our most important partners and customers in Africa, addressed by 16 speakers and industry leaders, included amongst them renowned analyst Dion Chang.
Our Senior Vice President Commercial Africa, Ibrahima Guimba-Saidou mentioned that, “When I think about how satellite connectivity has grown in Africa over the last few years, it really amazes me. What amazes me even more, however, is the potential that this industry holds and the heights that it can reach in the not so distant future – and Industry Days Africa allows for these discussions to take place.”
This first event on African soil redefined how similar events would be run in the future. It is due to this success, that future events will maintain a close technological alignment focused on not only providing solutions, but also acting as a mechanism for dialogue and collaboration.
Pioneering in Africa for the World
The launching of SES Broadband has been a major step and proud moment for SES Africa. As we move into the New Year, we look to further expand on this offering into new territories and communities.
Everything that SES Broadband is today, is due to the work of the African SES Team. The processes and ideology of connecting remote regions in Africa were all implemented in this offering due to our team functioning so close to the communities in
which we have invested.
We look forward to 2016, a year in which we will find the opportunities for SES
Broadband to connect communities across the continent.
Learn more about SES Broadband right here.