The National Satellite Telecommunication Network (Renatelsat) of the Democratic Republic of Congo signed a cooperation agreement with Africa Union Financial Services Ltd. (AUFS) on May 26, 2018. The overall goal of the partnership is to improve the technical capabilities and the financial health of the public enterprise of a technical and commercial nature, created in 1991.
To achieve this goal, AUFS will take care of the rehabilitation of the Renatelsat satellite network as part of a BOT contract (build, operate and transfer). Modern satellite equipment will be installed in the country’s major cities. They will provide Renatelsat with the technical strengths required for the planned leasing of the Belintersat-1 Belarusian satellite, which covers part of Africa. These capabilities will help improve the Internet connectivity offering in the country.
According to Emery Okundji, the Congolese Minister of Telecommunications and New Information and Communication Technologies, ”The partnership between Renatelsat and AUFS marks an important step in the efforts of the government of the Republic to ensure better connectivity of all our citizens in the era of digital transformation fiber optics has only two phases already implemented, Kinshasa Moanda 610 Km and Kinshasa-Kasumbalesa via Sakania 3,300 Km. We had to find ways and means to overcome this lack of connectivity.’’
Beyond Internet connectivity, the capabilities that Renatelsat will acquire through its rehabilitated network, will also allow the company to intervene in the audiovisual sector. “Such a transmission network represents for our government a major challenge for the national coverage for Digital Television,” said Minister Emery Okundji.
As part of its partnership with Renatelsat, AUFS will also provide the public company with the training of its staff in the latest satellite technologies and support in various projects to ensure its long-term technical and financial autonomy.