The Acting Managing Director of the Nigerian Communications Satellite (NigComSat) Limited, Ms Abimbola Alale has assured Nigerians of adequate and cheap bandwidth from NigComSat.
Alale, who gave the assurance in Abuja recently, said the move became necessary in order to reduce the recurrent lingering cycles of capital flights by corporate organisations and government agencies, aimed at making bandwidth available for business and bringing to its barest minimum, the cost of doing business via internet.
In a statement signed by NigComSat’s spokesperson, Mr. Sonny Aragba-Akpore, Alale explained that NigComSat 1R, which was launched and controlled by NigComSat, presently has the best satellite coverage over Nigeria, since the satellite was specifically designed to provide bandwidth for services within Nigeria and several other African nations.
NigComSat1R, which is a replacement satellite, was launched on December 19, 2011 following the de-orbiting of NigComSat 1. The NigComSat 1R has quad band of Ku, C, Ka and L bands. It has its footprints in over 40 African
countries, parts of the Middle East and Asia. But in spite of the robust available services on this critical national infrastructure, Alale is worried and dismayed by the trend of government institutions and the private sector sourcing for satellite bandwidth requirements from foreign satellite operators at the expense of the indigenous operator – NigComSat.
She said NigComSat as a national operator is mandated to meet the bandwidth requirements of the nation, adding this is this policy initiative is aimed, in part, at reducing the capital flight caused by patronage of foreign satellite operators.
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), she explained, may no longer honour requests for foreign exchange for bandwidth fees to foreign satellite operators.
Alale therefore asked government agencies, the organised private sector, and foreign operators to note that NigComSat is the first point of contact for satellite bandwidth requirements in Nigeria.