Konnect Africa, a subsidiary of Eutelsat Communications has proposed to offer broadband internet connection to COVID-19 isolation centres in Sokoto State where it will enable the real-time connection of centres, leading to an effective coordination of medical services.
Each isolation centre will benefit from free broadband connectivity made possible through a partnership with Coollink.
Commenting on the agreement, Jean-Claude Tshipama, CEO of Konnect Africa, said: “This operation demonstrates our ability to meet as quickly as possible the connectivity needs of institutional and commercial structures, even in complex times like these.
“We want Sokoto State to benefit from our expertise and the quality of our broadband services by providing FREE connectivity to all isolation centers.”
Also speaking on the development, Shahin Nouri, the Chief Executife Officer of Coollink, added: “Helping the Sokoto State Government to provide free satellite internet services to isolation centers is very important to us. It shows our engagement to deliver high-speed Internet anywhere in Nigeria and to help communities in crisis. Eutelsat Konnect has been a very important partner for us, and with such initiatives, is showing its commitment to the Nigerian market.”
Meanwhile, Sokoto’s Commissioner for Health, Dr. Muhammad Ali Inname, commended the gesture, saying: “Konnect has shown great concern towards the good people of Sokoto state by providing internet connectivity to three Covid-19 Isolation centers in the state. This gesture will go a long way in facilitating the management of Covid-19 patients in the state.”
Konnect, in partnership with Coollink, has been operating in Nigeria since 2017, with the ambition of offering broadband connectivity to all segments of the population, in particular those located in unserved or underserved areas.