Nouakchott, Mauritania and Skovde, Sweden – CSS, a West African communications services provider with 20 years of experience supplying critical satellite and broadband services, together with Forsway, a leading provider of innovative solutions tapping satellite and existing terrestrial technologies to enable cost-efficient broadband, today announced the next phase of their cooperation in Mauritania to deliver affordable broadband in West Africa.
Tapping CSS’ local expertise, Arabsat’s Xtend Africa managed service, and Forsway’s unique satellite broadband extension, the partners came together to provide emerging economies in Africa with access to affordable satellite Internet services and opportunities aimed at help build a productive economy, business, education and access to health services and information.
"We have been trialing the Xtend Africa managed service from Arabsat / Forsway during a first assessment phase. The results, boosting poorly performing mobile and VSAT links in an affordable and dynamic way, are very promising," said CSS CEO and founder Houssein Cherif.
"Therefore, despite the uncertain times we live in, we committed to investing in additional equipment and expand our West African service offering. Now, more than ever, affordable broadband can make a difference in our local markets."
Tobias Forsell, CEO of Forsway, added: “We have teamed up with Arabsat who, using our Xtend satellite extension platform and BADR-7, provide managed, pan-African broadband services to local and regional communications service providers like CSS. With people restricted in their mobility, affordable broadband is more critical than ever. With over 3 billion people lacking reliable Internet access, Forsway is working hard to do our part in making connectivity accessible to all."
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