Nigeria Communications Satellite Limited (NigComSat) has said its replacement satellite NigComSat 1R scheduled to be launched in December this year in China would crash the cost of satellite television acquisition through lower broadband cost and fast-track the migration from analogue to digital television broadcasting.
The federal government agency satellite will provide large quantities of bandwidth to satellite and cable television stations, quicken the development of Direct-To-Home (DTH) local platform and the migration to High Definition (HD) digital broadcasting.
NigComSat plans to enlighten stakeholders in the information and communications technology sector through the second in the series of road shows to address salient issues on the replacement satellite this month when it hosts a three-day stakeholder conference in Lagos.
Barrister Bala Mohammed, team leader for the conference, said the events are slated to run from November 21 to 23 at the Lagos Sheraton and Towers, Ikeja noting that NigComSat 1R would enable officials of the company to throw more light on the satellite which has since been moved to its launch site in China.
Bala who spoke on behalf of Executive Director (marketing) Abimbola Alale, said “this conference is a prelaunch marketing sensitisation where experts from within and outside will speak on various subjects relating to satellite communications in general and NigComSat 1R in particular.”
Managing Director of NigComSat Limited, Mr. T. Ahmed-Rufai, is expected to flag off the discourse with a keynote paper on ‘Communications Satellite: A key player in digital broadcasting’. His paper will dovetail into that of Anthony Orjinta whose paper dwells on DTH opportunities at NigComSat.