SES Broadband Services is to partner with content platform developer Kiora on a content distribution and connectivity platform in Sub-Saharan Africa. The platform is designed to enable a very cost effective delivery of content and Internet access through a network of Wi-Fi content hotspots planned to be located at retail outlets and in public spaces.
The solution combines Kiora's end-to-end service platform for the delivery of media content via Wi-Fi content hotspots and the SES Broadband satellite network, used for point-to-multipoint backhauling and end-to-end managed Internet access.
Patrick Biewer, managing director of SES Broadband Services, commented: “The predominance of smart phones and tablets in the Sub-Saharan market is driving more and more users to watch content, creating a surge in the consumption of on-demand media and a need to be connected to the Internet anytime, anywhere.
“Costly point-to-point backhauling and a lack of terrestrial connectivity remains a problem that prevents devices from obtaining content. With this new solution we aim to solve the bottleneck.”
Prasad Sanagavarapu, CEO Kiora Inc., said: "Kiora is a content distribution platform specifically designed for emerging markets, providing a mobile data offloading solution for premium video. The platform provides a cheaper alternative to users than traditional mobile content delivery networks.
“We are very excited about the partnership with SES Broadband Services, whereby we will create a compelling offering for service providers in these markets to address the large and growing mobile user base. We are pleased to be bringing much needed satellite Internet connectivity and a mobile content delivery platform together as one bundle."