The Nigerian Communications Satellite Limited (NIGCOMSAT) has announced its intention to enter into a partnership with iDirect in order to target the growing demand for broadband services in Nigeria
A joint statement by iDirect regional vice president for Europe, Majdi Atout, and NIGCOMSAT chief executive engineer, Timasaniyu Ahmed-Rufai, said iDirect was “to deploy services to boost the growing broadband market in Nigeria and the West African sub-region”.
A statement from iDirect 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.”
Ahmed-Rufai added, “We believe that high-speed internet has the potential to transform the Nigerian economy, hence our partnership with iDirect aims 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.”
Majdi Atout, on his part, remarked that there was tremendous potential for growth in Africa. He, however, added that much of the potential hinged on developing the infrastructure to support high-speed data sharing and broadband internet access.
Atout commented, “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.”