The Nigerian Communications Satellite Limited (NIGCOMSAT) has announced its intention to partner IDirect, the Herndon, Virginia-based United States of America (USA) company and a global leader in satellite-based Internet Protocol (IP) communication technology company, to boost the growing broadband market needs in Nigeria.
A joint statement by iDirect Regional Vice President, Europe, Mr. Majdi Atout and NIGCOMSAT Chief Executive Engr. Timasaniyu Ahmed-Rufai, and made available to LEADERSHIP, it said the iDirect was “to deploy an evolution-based service to boost the growing broadband market in Nigeria and the West African sub-region.
The statement said: “The iDirect Evolution platform will enhance NIGCOMSAT’s existing Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) solutions for military and government customers, while enabling the company to pursue new opportunities in the enterprise and education markets.
“The deployment of the iDirect universal satellite hub will enable NIGCOMSAT, Africa’s Premier Satellite Operator, to offer affordable internet services to the military, government, education, enterprise markets among others.”
The statement quoted Ahmed-Rufai as saying: “We believe that high-speed internet has the potential to transform the Nigerian economy, hence our partnership with iDirect to deploy a satellite network that affordably supports increasing broadband penetration in the region.
“iDirect’s solutions enable us to offer a broadband service that meets the diverse requirement of multiple end users, and can grow to meet further connectivity challenges.”
Regional Vice President for iDirect in Europe, Mr. Majdi Atout, on his part said that there was tremendous potential for growth in Africa. He however said that much of the potential hinges on developing an infrastructure that can support high-speed data sharing and broadband internet access.
According to him, “The iDirect platform offers NIGCOMSAT a high-performing and flexible solution that supports the company’s goal of building a more open and connected Africa.”
“The flexibility of the iDirect Evolution platform enables NIGCOMSAT to deliver affordable and easily deployable internet service across Nigeria and West African sub-region.”