Orange Business makes the smart mine a reality with increased satellite capabilities

There remains little question that businesses operating within Africa face a litany of challenges, be it underdeveloped infrastructure and power interruptions, ensuring the safety and security of their personnel and data, or connectivity latency and high costs. While it is incorrect to paint every African market with the same challenge brush, it is safe to state that many countries share similar concerns. Fortunately, these issues are not a deal breaker for multinational businesses recognizing the enormous potential of Africa, and in particular the West African market.

The pursuit of new energy resources in increasingly remote locations like West Africa, makes reliable, high-capacity and high-performance communications essential. Satellite connectivity is often the best answer to the challenge of providing reliable network coverage to mines. Adoption of digital and automated mining technologies also significantly streamlines and optimizes processes, which in turn, increases safety and profitability for mining operators.

Orange Business has now expanded its partnership with SES to complement and extend our satellite connectivity offering and content services. SES operates the world’s only multi-orbit constellation of satellites with the unique combination of global coverage and high performance.

With SES’ Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) O3b constellation, we can now offer our customers highly reliable, low latency connectivity for access to critical cloud, IoT, SAP and real-time data transfer applications. This helps make the smart mine a reality by facilitating access to exploration metrics and video surveillance systems, videoconferencing, inspections, repair and salvage missions, as well as tracking wireless sensors for assets and wearables. All of these capabilities help companies achieve efficiency savings while enhancing safety.

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Keith Matthews
Keith Matthews

As South African Country Manager for Orange Business, I am responsible for executing business strategies in the Sub-Saharan Africa region. I have spent 25 years as an intrapreneur for multinational companies in the IT, telecommunications and technology sectors.

In my spare time, I am a family man who is known to dabble in fly-fishing, golf and learning to play the guitar.