The New Partnership for Africa's Development (Nepad) is expecting to use satellites to connect 600,000 schools in Africa.
The programme will use VSATs, which are very small aperture terminals. The Pan African Parliament has decided to link the education network with other functions like health services. Therefore, the network is designed to provide a platform for e-Health, e-Governance and election activities. The e-Africa Commission is also planning for the full system specification of the network and its operations centre. The e-Africa Commission will also initiate the building of the operations centre and establishing national hubs and VSATs at schools.