Jean-Claude Tshipama has joined Eutelsat as CEO of Broadband in Africa.
His 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 during next summer. The operation of the Al Yah 3 satellite will be followed next year by the launch of the KONNECT satellite.
Tshipama’s appointment adds the final touch to the composition of 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. Tshipama and Carde will both report to Beau.
Commenting on the development, Michel Azibert, Eutelsat chief commercial and development officer, said: “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. We are now in perfect shape and looking forward to expanding our business in the fast-growing fixed broadband sector.”