Steve Collar, CEO of SES: November 2015 was a turning point for the West African country of Burkina Faso. More than 3 million citizens turned out to cast ballots in a presidential and legislative election that has been widely recognized as a critical moment in that country’s development.
SES Networks and its advanced satellite technology played a significant role in that pivotal event. Working with Commission Electorale Nationale Independante, Burkina Faso’s electoral commission, and other partners, SES provided a satellite broadband solution that enabled the secure digital transmission of the electoral results. Electoral district offices equipped with VSAT stations enabled the transmission of votes to the central election site in the capital city of Ouagadougou, and allowed the country’s public television station to broadcast results on a near real-time basis, ensuring that citizens could follow the elections regardless of where they were located.