(Washington, DC, US) – 11 November, 2019: Quika, part of the Talia Group, a leading communications solutions provider serving the Middle East, Africa, Europe and the Americas, today announced that their Quika High Throughput Satellite (HTS) platform has been recognised as an innovative business model and technology by the World Bank Group, as detailed in the latest Connecting Africa Through Broadband report.
Drawing upon the expertise of the Working Group on Broadband for All: A “Digital Infrastructure Moonshot” for Africa, the report suggests what is needed to attain this objective and provides an action plan to increase connectivity and to reach full coverage in Africa.
One of the report’s key findings is that African countries will need to connect nearly 1.1 billion new unique users, and around $100 billion will be needed to achieve universal access to broadband connectivity in Africa by 2030.
In a continent where less than a third of the population has access to the Internet, connecting the 100 million people who live out of reach of traditional cellular mobile networks will require substantial infrastructure investments, but also the adoption of new disruptive and sustainable technologies.
The Working Group on Broadband for All acknowledged Talia’s Quika platform as one of the most ground-breaking business models, offering low-cost broadband and WIFI services on the market.
Launched in 2018, Quika’s unique business model makes high-speed, low-latency broadband affordable and sustainable for remote African communities. Its mission is to close the gap between connected and unconnected areas, to resolve a significant cause of economic and social inequality. By doing so, Talis’a platform aims to empower individuals through the educational, economic and social benefits that online connectivity brings.
“We are extremely proud to see that Quika has been acknowledged by the World Bank Group as an example of a sustainable business model to accelerate the use of internet connection in Africa”, says Alan Afrasiab, CEO and President of Talia.
“The results of the Connecting Africa Through Broadband report confirm that Africa cannot afford to think small or act slowly: African governments and stakeholders need to act now or the continent risks being left behind. Talia, together with our partners, OneWeb, Yahsat and Arabsat, are working hard to bring affordable high-speed internet connectivity to governments, enterprises, schools and NGO’s across the MENA region”, continues Mr. Afrasiab.
Quika uses GEO and LEO constellations to provide fast, low latency Ka-band internet using high-throughput satellites. By overcoming the barriers to broader internet adoption, such as lack of infrastructure and affordability, Quika supports the growth of a wider digital ecosystem where new education initiatives and jobs will improve the future of remote communities in both Africa and the Middle East.
The full Connecting Africa Through Broadband report is available for download here