In Nigeria about 60 per cent (246) of government’s ministries, departments and agencies across the country have indicated their willingness to migrate to the newly launched replacement communication satellite, NigComSat-1R, for their bandwidth requirements and connectivity.
During an interactive session with reporters in Abuja, Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of NIGCOMSAT Limited, Timasaniyu Ahmed-Rufai, made this disclosure. He listed the benefits of the satellite to government agencies and other business enterprises to include reduction in the cost of bandwidth acquisition, which costs Nigeria N75billion yearly.
Timasaniyu Ahmed-Rufai added that the satellite, which has the capacity to cover over 40 African countries, has already got a request from Ghana to supply two transponders. Other countries, which have expressed interest in the facility, according to him, include sSierra-Leone, Congo-Brazzaville, Kenya, Angola, South Africa and about six European countries.
He said: “Based on the excellent performance of the NigComSat-1, customers are interested in the replacement NigComSat-1R. Many of them are ready to migrate from their existing providers. Sixty per cent of government entities have expressed interest in the satellite’s services. They include NTA, NIPOST, Galaxy Backbone, Customs Service, Immigration, the police, the Nigerian Army and several ISPs.”