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SES Africa

Our Vision for 2016

Published on: Jan 14, 2016

Forward SES Africa

SES Africa has always had the vision to make a real difference in the lives of the people of beautiful Africa. In 2016, we have so much planned to allow us to make that happen.

We kick off the year by taking our recently launched connectivity solution, SES Broadband, to new territories in Africa. With the throughput of fiber and the reach of satellite, it’s a solution we are very excited to show you.

With almost 200 million people between the ages of 15 and 24, Africa has the youngest population in the world, a number expected to double by 2045. While the future of Africa rests on the shoulders of the youth, it is the youth that account for 60% of all African unemployed. We believe that our Elevate program can make an impactful and positive contribution to this issue. In a few short years the technical training program has evolved into an effective job creation platform.

We’re excited to be able to continue our drive to bring Elevate to more territories in Africa in 2016.

The year is bound to end on a high with the second SES Week event in Cape Town where we will once again gather leading thinkers in communication technology to discuss how we will collectively contribute to the betterment of Africa. If we don’t manage to connect during the year; let’s make sure to catch up in Cape Town in November.

Three Offices Three Countries

With offices in Johannesburg, Accra and Addis Ababa, our investment in Africa has only just the begun!

SES Broadband: An African Solution

Saying we want to connect communities is one thing, but SES Broadband is the tool we plan to use to do it! It’s a cost-effective, highly responsive and reliable service that can be deployed quickly in regions that would otherwise require a high initial setup cost such as rural communities scattered throughout Africa.

In 2016 we’ll be implementing the SES Broadband Solution in Ghana, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Kenya and South Africa and provide connectivity to remote locations or locations that lack traditional cable connectivity infrastructure.

Businesses will be able to access wider market opportunities and customers through connecting to the Internet. Furthermore, it lays the groundwork for the development of Internet based businesses, an aspect of business never before capable without massive infrastructure investment, now accessible through SES’s Broadband solution.

To learn more about our Broadband offering and to contact us click here.

Elevate: Creating Jobs

Broadband connectivity is just one pillar in building Africa’s connectivity infrastructure. Training and up-skilling people to be able to maintain this infrastructure in the future is another. We believe that the SES Elevate Program is the cornerstone of the connectivity revolution in Africa.

The SES Elevate Program was developed as a Quality Assurance and Accreditation training program for installers across Africa, but has grown into much more.

Elevate has developed from an education program into a program for job creation and small business development. Graduates from the Elevate program have been able to start their own businesses as Installers of communications and satellite equipment. Rather than merely up-skilling themselves; they are able to uplift themselves and their families.

Find out more about SES Elevate here.

Ibrahima Guimba-Saidou

Our thought leadership in Africa stems from Senior Vice President of Commercial Africa, Ibrahima Guimba-Saidou:

“Africa is growing, it has risen far more than people give it credit to be able to. When it comes to satellite technology, SES has developed solutions for Africa by the people that live here. SES in Africa is an African company, and it is our dream to see us be a part of what makes Africa work, a connected Africa, unified through communication.”

2016 will be another year of lessons, challenges and accomplishments for us. Through our consistent work with our partners, installers and even competitors across Africa; we believe that our goals will be achieved.

For more information, contact SES here.


@ 2016 SES Africa Connected