Application of space technologies by start-ups in Africa

April 05, 2021 | by: David Kodjani

Africa has significant potential in space which must be exploited to contribute to the socio-economic development of the continent.

The African Union Commission has spearheaded efforts to harness these opportunities to catalyze the livelihoods of people on the continent. By an edict of the Heads of State and Government of the African Union, the Commission launched the African space policy and strategy to facilitate the coordination and regulation of space activities in Africa.

Many startups are therefore using space technologies and data to offer products and services to the African population. Discover here some of these products / services offered at the start of the year.

  • Agri Edge (Transforms spatial data into nutrients)

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Based in Morocco, AgriEdge is a platform for precision farming services and a digital marketplace for agricultural products. It uses satellite data and advanced technologies to improve efficiency and reduce operational costs for actors in the agricultural sector in Africa.

Most AgriEdge services use geospatial technology. For example, AgriEdge crop yield prediction and estimation service only uses satellite imagery to predict crop yields before harvest. In addition, AgriEdge has two other services that use satellite imagery: the rational fertilization and precision irrigation services.

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Zinox Technologies has, thanks to the Spacecom C-BandHigh Speed ​​Satellite (HTS) from Spacecom C-Band which covers all of Nigeria, made Internet connectivity possible and created e-learning solutions for schools in Nigeria.

"Quality online communication and learning solutions are important at all times and especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Thanks to Spacecom and the unique capabilities and cost effective solution of AMOS-17, Zinox was able to achieve significant benefits and high performance. We are delighted to provide a more reliable service to Nigerian schools, "said Abolade Kazeem, technical operations manager at Zinox at Space In Africa.

  • Allianz Africa (Digitizing Agriculture Insurance Using State-of-the-Art Satellite Information)

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Allianz Africa hosted its second webinar on March 24, 2021 on "Digitizing Agricultural Insurance Through Parametric Solutions". Conversations focused on parametric solutions such as advanced satellite information, hybrid products to deal with additional perils, increased efficiency through fully paperless processes, fast and automated payments possible, high level of traceability, a combination with loans and value chain integration. In order to have reliable parametric systems that provide efficient solutions, the expert group stressed the need for significant improvements through product suitability, affordability, chain efficiency. value, distribution, information and training.

Allianz Africa will therefore take advantage of advanced satellite information, among other things, for the digitization of insurance in agriculture.

  • AfricaXP(Offer high-end television channels thanks to satellites)

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AfricaXP is one of the main African distributors of digital content and creator of linear channels. It will launch on May 1, 2021 in South Africa, a free 18-channel satellite TV called PremiumFree. It will launch with a medley of content ranging from sports, movies, telenovelas and drama series to content for children, gospel, comedy and reality.

Note that the company has already launched PremiumFree TV in Ghana with 10 channels through a partnership with VivaBox. A year later, it launched 13 premium channels in Nigeria using SES satellites. In February 2020, AfricaXP signed a multi-year agreement with Eutelsat Communications to roll out 23 customized channels regionally across Eastern and Southern Africa. It also planned to launch a bouquet of 10 French language channels in French-speaking African countries.

Source: Space In Africa

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