Intelsat has announced that Orange Group has renewed an agreement for satellite solutions and support that will bring 3G services to existing customers of the firm’s mobile unit in Cameroon, as well as expanding the network’s reach to remote regions of the country. Orange currently provides 2G services using satellite infrastructure provided by Intelsat, and under the new agreement, the cellco’s network will expand its geographic footprint and add a 3G offering by leveraging C-band solutions. Intelsat says its solution optimises the network to deliver the additional coverage and throughput that Orange needs to expand its reach in remote areas of the country, deliver 3G services and provide more differentiated offerings to its subscribers. Orange will expand its service territory to currently underserved remote regions and deliver data services for businesses in the region.

Intelsat has been instrumental in our efforts to expand 2G and 3G connectivity throughout Cameroon,’ said Benedicte David, Orange’s West and Central Africa Regional Director, adding: ‘As demand for connectivity grows beyond city centres, communities need faster, more reliable broadband connectivity to support business growth as well as critical healthcare and educational services. With our enhanced infrastructure, we will be able to offer upgraded, differentiated services to our customers, expand our subscriber base and extend our geographic reach to the benefit of those located in less densely populated areas of the country.