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NigComSat commits to rural areas

09 December 2013, 16:09

Abuja - NigComSat, the Nigerian satellite company, has advocated for the use of satellite broadband as a primary source of internet in rural communities.

NigComSat Chief Executive Officer, Timasaniyu Ahmed-Rufai, said the company was concerned most of the country's population, which lives in rural communities, lacked access to broadband internet.

He said the limitation of access to broadband via cable might be bridged via NigComSat-1R which could serve as conduit to improve access links.

The NigComSat executive regretted the situation where huge capacity of cable broadband was left at the shores thereby encouraging capital flight which is estimated at $450 million yearly.

Ahmed-Rufai emphasised that communications satellite was the answer as a “low hanging fruit” to meet short and medium term plans of the National Broadband Plan.

“If we must optimize access to information and guarantee universal access in the short and medium term to all citizens, including those in the remote areas then communication satellite should remain within the framework of our ICT policy and broadband implementation to complement existing but inadequate terrestrial infrastructure as well as strategic national and continental telecommunication infrastructure during natural disasters and emergencies,” he said.

Ahmed-Rufai also noted that satellite communications could enhance broadband access as it had been a major means of broadcast, mass media and free to air television among others.

NigComSat-1R was launched in 2011 and began commercial services last year.

– CAJ News


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