Jean-Claude Tshipama Joins Eutelsat as Broadband in Africa CEO

Eutelsat Communications announced the finalizing of staffing of its teams in charge of broadband activities by appointing Jean-Claude Tshipama, who will be heading the company’s promotion of satellite broadband connectivity in Africa called Broadband in Africa.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
A Seasoned Expert in Africa’s Telecommunications
With a MBA and a Master’s degree in economics, Tshipama started his telecommunications career in the 2000’s. He was the Commercial Director of Celtel in DR Congo, sales and distribution director at Digicel Group and later sales and distribution director o for Africa at Microsoft Corporation. More recently, he served as CEO of Canal+ in DR Congo. He sits as a non-executive Director on the Board of Equity Bank in Kenya.

In his new role, Tshipama’s core mission will be to ensure that Eutelsat’s broadband business is successfully deployed across Africa, drawing on the in-orbit resources of the Al Yah 3 satellite which will operate the service after entering operational service next summer. The operation of the Al Yah 3 satellite will be followed by the launch of the KONNECT satellite next year.

A Comprehensive Team Dedicated To The Growth of Eutelsat’s Broadband Businessx
Tshipama’s appointment adds the final touch to the teams in charge of Eutelsat’s fixed broadband activities, led by two senior executives with extensive experience in the telecommunications and pay TV industries: Béatrice Beau as executive VP for global broadband services, and Catherine Carde, who heads up broadband activities on the European continent, with Tshipama and Carde both reporting to Beau.

The broadband business will be one of the main focuses of Eutelsat’s growth strategy in upcoming years. This was evidenced recently by the order of the KONNECT VHTS satellite, a next-gen, high throughput satellite, whose footprint will cover Europe in  2021.

“We are delighted to welcome Jean-Claude Tshipama to Eutelsat. His expert knowledge of the African market serving various industries, particularly telecommunications, will be a valuable asset to us in achieving our strong ambitions on this continent,” Michel Azibert, Eutelsat’s chief commercial and development officer, said. “We are now in perfect shape and looking forward to expanding our business in the fast-growing fixed broadband sector.”

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