Satellite communication and expansion of business frontiers, By Inyene Ibanga

Satellites are important to us in a lot of techniques and their makes use of have continued to evolve. They facilitate radio and cable television and mobile telephone calls more than extended distances.

Communication satellites give us with a worldwide positioning system (GPS) to know exact destinations and obtain instructions to any spot we want to go. They enable distant populations (hard-to-access, tough landscapes) to obtain instruction and health-related experience.

But over and above communications, satellites are also applied for lots of other reasons which include astronomy, atmospheric research, navigation, reconnaissance, remote sensing, research and rescue, area exploration, and temperature forecasting units.

Also, governments use them to spy on other nations to safeguard their citizens and other national passions.

A report by the Worldwide Telecommunications Union (ITU) displays that there are 1,819 communications satellites out of about 3,372 energetic satellites in orbit all over the earth as at the close of 2020.

According to the report, satellite technological know-how now delivers coverage about each individual human-inhabited sq. kilometre on the world. It also noted the escalating deployment of medium earth orbit and reduced earth orbit satellites at different altitudes, to deliver connectivity for more than 697 million individuals close to the earth.

Our country’s satellite interaction methods company, Nigerian Communications Satellite Confined (NIGCOMSAT) was set up in 2006 to mostly take care of, command, work and guarantee the clean shipping and delivery of quality satellite companies to Nigerians.

Beneath the plan course of the Ministry of Communications and Electronic Financial state, NIGCOMSAT Restricted has the mandate for the provision and oversight of preset satellite expert services to its consumers throughout the personal and general public sectors.

With the acceptance of the supervising Ministry, NIGCOMSAT has designed two subsidiary corporations – the Satellite Infrastructure Firm (SIC) and the Satellite Broadband and Broadcasting Firm (SBBC) – to carry out business business enterprise on its behalf with strategic partners, while also expanding its company functions.

The Minister of Communications and Electronic Financial system, Dr Isa Pantami unveiled the two new satellite organizations at the NIGCOMSAT Stakeholders’ Discussion board held in September in Lagos, with the topic, “NIGCOMSAT Ltd: The Present and the Long term.”

Though the SIC is geared to supply satellite upstream solutions this kind of as Transponder Leasing, In-orbit-Testing (IoT) providers, and Provider Spectrum Management (CSM) solutions, the SBBC would supply satellite downstream solutions, comprising broadband net and broadcasting solutions, amongst some others.

The SIC and SBBC ended up equally set up to reposition NIGCOMSAT to harness possible options, upgrade operational structures and change the firm into an opportunity-pushed business entity.

In the meantime, NIGCOMSAT Ltd has introduced options to start two new satellites, NigComSat-2 and NigComSat-3 in 2023 and 2025 respectively, to replace the existing NigComSat 1-R, with a lifetime span of 15 many years, which is anticipated to expire in 2026.

Apart putting NIGCOMSAT Ltd between major communication operators with a fleet of satellites in orbit, the eventual start of the two satellites is expected to increase the high quality of satellite providers and common broadband companies for customers and channel partners.

Furthermore, the prepared launch of the two satellites in 2023 and 2025, would go a extended way in assisting NIGCOMSAT fulfill up with its mandate to commercialise satellite methods in the country and supply high-quality and low-cost solutions to Nigerians.

In September 2020, NIGCOMSAT, in collaboration with Thales Alenia Area of France, and the Agency for Aerial Navigation Protection in Africa and Madagascar (ASECNA), furnished a Satellite-Centered Augmentation Technique (SBAS) working with NigComSat-1R Navigational companies for the to start with time above Africa and the Indian Ocean.


Previously past yr, the firm obtained the hub technological innovation, DIALOG HUB and 5IF for satellite broadband Ka companies, to make sure improved support trustworthiness and to foster company connectivity, mobility networks, and other parts which extend outside of the present degree of satellite connectivity.

Also within just the similar period, NIGCOMSAT productively offered satellite connectivity providers via NigComSat 1R for the reside broadcast of the virtual commissioning of the Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano (AKK) Gas Pipeline by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The Managing Director/CEO of NIGCOMSAT, Dr Abimbola Alale, has ongoing to pursue the company’s resolve to be the major satellite conversation resolution company in Nigeria and Africa as a result of sustained engagements with channel companions to serve Nigerians much better.

In addition, as portion of the VSAT/TVRO ability enhancement programme, NIGCOMSAT Ltd below the management of Dr Alale, has efficiently properly trained 600 youth throughout the 6 geo-political zones in States this kind of as Lagos, Kano, Gombe, Bauchi, Plateau, Rivers, Anambra, Niger, Kebbi, Akwa Ibom, Abia, and Ekiti.

Dr Alale underscored the relevance of strategic engagements which serve as the excellent avenue for channel companions and stakeholders in the ICT field to evaluate NIGCOMSAT’s effectiveness with a concentration on spots that have to have growth and enhancement in line with the company’s main mandate and core values.

As a essential player in the Nigeria Countrywide Broadband Strategy (NNBP 2020 – 2025), it is anticipated that  NIGCOMSAT will broaden its scope of engagements by developing a system where Nigerians can accessibility suitable and frequent updates on details relating to the organisation’s programmes and actions.

Inyene Ibanga writes from Wuye District, Abuja.

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