The Nigerian Communications Satellite (NIGCOMSAT) Ltd has signed a cooperative agreement with Thales Alenia Space in Toulouse, France to collaborate on the testing of NigComSat-1R payload and demonstration of the capability of NigComSat-1R payload for Satellite Based Augmentation System (SBAS).
Under the agreement, NIGCOMSAT would acquire critical SBAS equipment worth about €400,000.00, free from Thales, including utilisation of NIGCOMSAT services and knowledge transfer.
The signing of the contract and cooperative agreement between NIGCOMSAT Ltd and Thales Alenia Space which took place at the Thales Alenia Space head office in Toulouse, France came on the heels of negotiations and final agreement between the two parties.
Speaking on the development, the NIGCOMSAT executive director, engineering services, Engr. Kazeem Raji, who led the delegation said the cooperative agreement was a platform that would kick-start the collaboration between NIGCOMSAT Ltd and Thales Alenia Space towards establishing the capacity of NIGCOMSAT Navigation Payload towards the utilisation of the navigation payload of NigComSat-1R to improve navigation and maritime safety across Africa and beyond, saying Nigeria would eventually be established as a center for navigation and maritime safety in Africa by the development.
In his response, the vice president of satellite navigation business unit of Thales Alenia Space, Bennoit Brody, said that the cooperative agreement would open a flood gate to demonstrate both the capacity of NigComSat-1R navigation payload and the capacity of Thales Alenia Space as a leading satellite equipment provider and finally create potential business opportunities in navigation safety in Africa.A statement by the NIGCOMSAT’s head of public affairs department, Mr Adamu Idris, said the successful testing of NigComSat-1R payload on Thales Alenia facility was aimed at boosting business opportunities with a view to addressing navigation and maritime safety in Africa in collaboration with other institutional stakeholders in Africa.
“Thales Alenia Space Company is the foremost satellite manufacturing company with specialisation in satellite payloads and satellite equipment with over 50 per cent of the world market share in satellite payloads manufacturing. NIGCOMSAT Ltd is a satellite communications service provider owned wholly by the Federal Government of Nigeria providing secured communications services in Nigeria, Africa and beyond,” it added.
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