PARIS – Eutelsat Communications (ETL) announced having finalised the staffing of its teams in charge of broadband activities with the appointment of Jean-Claude Tshipama, who will be heading Broadband in Africa to promote satellite broadband connectivity in Africa.


A seasoned expert in Africa’s telecommunications with an executive MBA and a Master’s degree in economics, Jean-Claude Tshipama started his career in the telecommunications industry in the 2000s. He was the Commercial Director of Celtel in DR Congo, Director of sales and distribution at Digicel Group and later Director of sales and distribution 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 as CEO of Broadband in Africa, Jean-Claude 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 during next summer. The operation of the Al Yah 3 satellite will be followed next year by the launch of the KONNECT satellite.