Satellites: Surfing on the success of Starlink and OneWeb, the historical players are reborn

By Quentin Velluet, special correspondent in Cape Town
Posted on Wednesday, 23 November 2022 12:27

As an AfricaCom partner, SES was able to exhibit at several round tables. ©All rights reserved

The industry’s traditional players are benefitting from the rejuvenation of their image while arming themselves against the competition on the continent.

For the 2022 edition of the great African telecoms meeting, AfricaCom, Luxembourg’s SES Networks, Europe’s Intelsat, France’s Eutelsat and UAE’s Yahsat have chosen to showcase their historical know-how in the face of new entrants such as Starlink – the satellite Internet service provider from Elon Musk’s SpaceX – and OneWeb – recently acquired by Eutelsat.

In just a few years, the latter has succeeded in changing the perceptions of operators and other client industries in this sector, which is sometimes considered too technical or complex.