SES Networks has entered an agreement with Canadian mineral exploration and development company Ivanhoe Mines to develop connectivity for the mining industry in Congo.

The deal will see SES Networks provide high-performance managed connectivity services for the Kamoa-Kakula Copper Project in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

SES Networks’ managed services and fibre-like connectivity will be powered by its O3b Medium Earth Orbit satellite fleet, which will allow operators on site to have video-conferencing with headquarters, use Cloud-based applications to access and upload critical data, as well as improve overall productivity and safety.

Ivanhoe DRC Projects head Steve Amos said: “We employ leading-edge exploration and development technologies at our projects, and to make sure that these technologies are applied successfully, we need to get the right information to the right people at the right time.

“We look forward to working with SES Networks to improve connectivity and communications at our mine sites in the DRC.”

“The Kamoa-Kakula mining project is claimed to be the world’s largest undeveloped high-grade copper discovery.”

Located about 270km away from the provincial capital of Lubumbashi, the Kamoa-Kakula mining project is claimed to be the world’s largest undeveloped high-grade copper discovery.

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It is reported that the mine exploration covers a near-surface stratiform copper deposit with adjacent exploration areas in the Central African Copperbelt.

The project is a joint venture between Ivanhoe Mines, Zijin Mining and the government of DRC.

SES Networks fixed data sales Africa vice-president Carole Kamaitha said: “Ivanhoe Mines operates some of the most sophisticated mining operations in the world and demands leading-edge performance combined with state-of-the-art reliability.

“The turnkey solution delivered via our unique infrastructure will enable the crew working at the Kamoa-Kakula site to leverage the latest applications, communicate effectively, and maximise their productivity.”