Football star Quinn's QSat eyes Iraq broadband move
Published 28/10/2012 | 05:00
FORMER Irish international and Sunderland boss Niall Quinn's QSat is eyeing up contracts in Iraq and elsewhere.
QSat has formed a partnership with Kerry-based Altobridge that could take it into markets like Iraq, where Altobridge already provides technology to bring mobile connectivity to remote areas. Quinn's company aims to bring broadband to rural regions via an innovation in satellite technology.
"We are looking at Iraq," Quinn said on Friday from Kenya, where QSat has set up an office -- as a hub for expansion across Africa -- in a team-up with Intel and Altobridge, where former Tanaiste Dick Spring is chairman. Quinn knows Africa from his Sunderland days when the soccer club promoted trade there.
Initially QSat would look to Kenya and Ghana.
"We have invites at government level to operate in five other countries. Niger and Tanzania are on the cards," Quinn said.
"Initially we hope to be the 'on the ground' provider for rural areas around Mombasa and Nairobi. We're here laying the foundations for that. We're setting up the Nairobi office and hiring people."
Pakistan, Afghanistan, Malaysia and Indonesia are also on the agenda.
"Things are at an early stage," said Quinn. "We've partnered with Altobridge and Intel and satellite operator Avanti, who in September launched a new satellite technology called KA that makes things possible."
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