Broadband: NIGCOMSAT targets more access by 2015
2 April, 2012
The Nigerian Communications Satellite Limited is to drive more broadband
penetration in the country by 2015. The Managing Director and Chief Executive of
the government-owned satellite company, Mr. Timasaniyu Ahmed-Rufai, stated this
in a paper presentation at the Convergence forum in Lagos, recently.
Ahmed-Rufai, who was represented by the Manager, Technical Services, NIGCOMSAT,
Mr. Inuwa Alhaji, lamented that broadband access in the country still stood at a
paltry five per cent while only 28 per cent of the population were connected to
the Internet. He recalled that the International Telecommunications Union had
set a target of 50 billion broadband connections by 2020 while proposing that 40
per cent of households should be connected to broadband globally by 2015.
In view of this, Ahmed-Rufai said NIGCOMSAT shared the vision and would be in
the forefront of ensuring that Nigeria met the target. He said, “NIGCOMSAT is
committed to driving the broadband vision for Nigeria in 2015 through
partnership with the private sector.” The Managing Director said that
NigComSat-1R will have huge impacts on the country’s ICT sector in terms of
cheaper Internet access as well as improved e-Commerce, telemedicine and
e-Learning, among others.
He stressed that NigComSat-1R would play significant roles in actualising the
Central Bank of Nigeria’s cash-less economy, Nigerian Communications
Commission’s rural telephony project, and the Independent National Electoral
Commission’s e-voting project. Ahmed-Rufai added that it would also tremendously
raise the revenue profile of the country, especially as every home would access
the Internet easily and affordably.
He said, “Our strategic plan is centred on using our assets, the staff, the
satellite and complementary ground infrastructure as an extraordinary vehicle to
drive the National ICT revolution in pursuit of self-reliance and required
skills for engineering and technology domestication of secured satellite
bandwidth and telecommunication services for defence, security outfits and other
strategic telecommunications and broadcast needs of the nation”.