: Construction of a New Teleport by Paratus Begins in Pretoria, South Africa

Mar 03, 2023 | Posted by Abdul-Rahman Oladimeji

The South African city of Pretoria now has a new teleport, thanks to pan-African telecom Paratus. At Doornkloof, some 50 miles north of Johannesburg, local newspapers claimed that Paratus has started building its newest "multimillion-rand" satellite teleport facility. The company stated that it anticipates finishing the facility's development in August. The new teleport, according to Paratus, would provide South African consumers and companies with dependable and high-quality satellite communication even in the event of a power outage. The facility's details weren't made public, but Paratus claimed it would be the biggest satellite infrastructure project the company has undertaken to date and be able to house technology from other service providers and clients. 

South African communications provider Maxwell Technologies was bought by Paratus in 2016 after the company had entered the country in 2006. In 2019, the company bought a teleport in South Africa, although it kept its location a secret. According to Paratus' website, their network comprises five teleports, three owned and situated in South Africa, Namibia, and Angola. OneWeb and Paratus agreed to a contract last year for OneWeb to install a satellite gateway at Paratus' teleport in Luanda, Angola. Four data centers are now owned and managed by the corporation. Just outside Windhoek, Namibia's capital city, Paratus opened a new data center there last year. The Company also has two data centers in Angola, and its Zambian facility will be finished in 2021. In addition to hosting its own Earth station, Paratus Namibia also made plans to build another data center there in 2021.

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