Abimbola Alale, Managing Director of Nigerian Communications Satellite Limited (NIGCOMSAT), has announced that the agency will acquire more satellites between now and 2025, with the NigComSat-2 due for launch in 2023, while NigComSat-3 in 2025.
According to her, the launch will not only inspire confidence in the agency’s customers and channel partners, but it will also place NIGCOMSAT in the front line of communication satellite operators with a fleet of satellites in the orbit.
Alale added that NIGCOMSAT, in its bid to achieve its ambition as the leading satellite communications solutions provider in Nigeria and Africa, obtained approval in early 2020 to form two subsidiary companies (SUBCOs) the Satellite Infrastructure Company SIC, to provide satellite upstreams services such as Transponder leasing, and In-Orbit-(IOT) services, Carrier Spectrum Management (CSM) services and the Satellite Broadcasting and Broadband Company (SBBC). It will provide satellite downstream services such as broadband internet services, direct-to-home broadcasting services, among others.
She continued: “The SUBCOs were formed to carry out commercial businesses on behalf of NIGCOMSAT with strategic partners and expand its business operations and in the information & communications technology space. NIGCOMSAT realises the need to strategically position its subsidiaries for potential opportunities and risks, put in place operational structures to facilitate its business aspirations. As part of the VSAT/TVRO capacity development programme, NIGCOMSAT has trained 600 youths across the six geo-political zones in the country adding that they have been equipped with tools to participate in growing the digital economy timely achievement of NIGCOMSAT’s roles specified in the National Broadband Plan 2020-2025.”