The Nigerian Communications Satellite Limited Wednesday, July 5, organised the 3rd interactive forum with its resellers and potential resellers in Abuja. The aim of the forum was to discuss the business and other areas of mutual benefits to existing partnerships.
In her welcome remarks, the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Abimbola Alale who expressed optimism, thanked the guests for honouring the Company’s invitation. She urged them to take advantage of any information generated at the forum and to express their views and experiences on the products and services of the Company. She said, “We need to address issues as they concern our relationship and partnership so as to find a common position. This is teamwork; we provide the infrastructure while you are the last mile providers. We can work around your requirements. This forum is interactive, with the intent to proffer solutions.”
In a similar vein, the General Manager, Business and Marketing, Engineer Shehu Kaura, appreciated the resellers and the Internet Service Providers (ISPs) for their commitment to NIGCOMSAT, stating that NIGCOMSAT’s journey to success is being made possible with the partnership. While highlighting the benefits, Kaura reiterated the roles the resellers are expected to play which include branding of their services towards the end-user market, marketing and sales, operation of outlets, purchase and provision of logistics for end-user equipment and support for CPE installation. “On our part, NIGCOMSAT would sell the required dedicated capacity, manage profiles, provide and operate the infrastructure and the technical support required,” he added.
Presenters at the forum discussed the issues of carrier Spectrum Management and how broadband is a driving force for growth. They agreed that Nigeria has the product, market and people to grow in the ICT world, and there is a need for aggressive marketing like what is obtainable in other countries.
NIGCOMSAT also confirmed its awareness on challenges faced such as interference, availability, service interruption, affirming its resolve to tackling them, introducing new ways of providing seamless services. The Company also assured the partners to expect more support and innovation and above all, a high return on investment.
NIGCOMSAT also used the forum to introduce its Direct-to-Home (DTH) Platform, urging the Resellers to venture into the installation and distribution of set-top boxes for the reception of Radio and Television Transmissions on NIGCOMSAT satellites.
The Resellers, in turn, called on NIGCOMSAT to ensure that such interactive sessions are continuous and sustained. At the end of the session, there was a raffle draw. The 3rd place winner, Rhino Networks Solutions, took home a Ka-Band Infrastructure with 15gb capacity and 2-month free subscription. The 2nd place winner, Content Oasis received a similar facility with a 4-month subscription; whilst the overall winner, Brave Technologies won the Ka-Band installation kit with a 6-month subscription.
Representatives from NIGCOMSAT Channel partners such as Content Oasis Ltd, Brave Technologies Ltd, De Bluefloat Ventures, Rhino Network Solutions Ltd, CBS Netcomms, Qitech Tech Ltd, Safe Alloys Engineering Technology Ltd, Hakonix Tech Ltd, Tes Oceanic Ltd, Dotmac Technologies, Max and West Ltd, Clear Sky Broadband, Trefoil Networks Ltd, Dulmoh Global Mega Ltd, Interweb Satcom Ltd, Trinitas Apo Ltd, Telserve Ltd, Keymay ICT Ltd, Dynafleu Technologies Ltd, Interweb Satcom Ltd, Kingstar Techsupport Ltd were in attendance.
NIGCOMSAT and NSE Host Interactive Seminar on Space Engineering
20th June 2017
The Nigerian Society of Engineers (Space Engineering Division) held a one-day interactive seminar at the NIGCOMSAT headquarters in Abuja today. The theme of the seminar was "Improving Nigeria's socio-economic development through space science and technology".
Engr. Otis Oliver Anyaeji (FNSE, FAEng), the President of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), Executive Members and other guests from the space engineering division/industry attended the seminar.
The Space Engineering Division of the Nigerian Society of Engineers is the 17th division of the NSE. Amongst its cardinal objectives is to ensure the professional development of Engineers in the space sector through effective capacity building initiatives. The division will also serve as an interface between the NSE and the Federal Government on all space-related matters such as research, policy formulation and implementation, among others.
NIGCOMSAT Celebrates International Girl in ICT Day
30th April 2017
NIGCOMSAT, in collaboration with The Federal Ministry of Communications hosted more girls from over 16 schools in the FCT to celebrate International Girls in ICT Day, an initiative backed by all ITU Member States in ITU Plenipotentiary Resolution 70 (Rev. Busan, 2014), which aims to create a global environment that empowers and encourages girls and young women to consider careers in the growing field of ICTs, enabling both girls and technology companies to reap the benefits of greater female participation in the ICT sector. International Girls in ICT Day is celebrated on the 4th Thursday in April every year.
The Permanent Secretary, Arch. Sonny Echono; MD, NIGCOMSAT, who was represented by GM, Administration, Mrs. R.A Suleiman; Directors from the Ministry of Communications and some members of the NIGCOMSAT Executive team attended the occasion. There were talks given by speakers from the sister agencies, namely: Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) and Galaxy Backbone including NIGCOMSAT. The Permanent Secretary presented prizes to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners of three categories of competitions that were held the previous day.
In addition to the prizes, NIGCOMSAT presented the 1st prize-winners with a Broadband Internet service kits with free one-year subscription to each of the winners from the three categories. The broadband service will be installed in the schools of the prize-winners for use in their computer labs.
NIGCOMSAT has also collaborated with various organizations such as Digital Peers (an NGO) to host girls from over 6 schools around the FCT to a lecture, discussions on ICT by NIGCOMSAT female engineers, a facility tour and a breakfast session with the MD/CE, Abimbola Alale and the NIGCOMSAT Executive Management.
President Buhari speaks with Nigerian troops in Sambisa forest via NigComSat-1R
15th January 2017
President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR spoke with the Nigerian troops in Sambisa as well as the UN special mission in Liberia via multimedia network powered by NigComSat-1R satellite during the 2017 Armed Forces Remembrance day event at the Eagle Square in Abuja recently.
The satellite which was launched in 2011, is a strategic communication infrastructure to improve local content development in both upstream and downstream sectors of ICT. NigComSat-1R is poised to provide excellent and secure connectivity solutions to remote and underserved areas of the country and beyond through its strong regional beams over the African continent.
MD/CE NIGCOMSAT pays a courtesy visit on the DG of NTA
30th November 2016
The visit of NIGCOMSAT management team to the Nigerian Television Authority on Wednesday 30th November, 2016 was not only to familiarise itself with the new Director General, Yakubu Ibn Mohammed, but to also reiterate the need for both organizations to work together for the promotion of Nigerian indigenous products.
NIGCOMSAT Boss, Abimbola Alale, who led the delegation, extended an invitation to her NTA counterpart, to visit the Abuja Ground Control Station as well as the Direct-To-Home platform built and set-up by NIGCOMSAT so that both organizations can work out areas of collaboration. She said, "Working together with a fellow indigenous company will provide some kind of cushion effect to the challenges we have as a country. We need solve the problem of capital flight in this era of recession and maximise the full benefits of the Nigerian communication infrastructure before the digital switch over, which should take place in 2017. " While allaying fears that operators are worried about NigComSat-1R services being a lone satellite, she informed the host organization that plans are underway to acquire additional satellites, that is, NigComSat-2 and 3. She also reiterated that having a big organization like the NTA, as a customer will ensure the completion of talks with other satellite operators for a back-up satellite to ensure continuity throughout the lifespan of the satellite.
On his part, the DG of the NTA, welcomed the idea of collaboration with NIGCOMSAT. He said NIGCOMSAT and the NTA should be partners on progress and for a while his organization has been unable to take advantage of this. "With this recession, it has caused Nigerians to look inwards and think outside the box. For us at the NTA, we are not only thinking of survival but how to utilise home grown technology, that is also government-owned for the digital migration" he said. He further stated that NTA hopes to subsequently migrate its services from the foreign-owned Eutelsat, which it has been utilising for a long time to NigComSat-1R in order to patronize its service and also support a sister organization grow.
Alhaji Mohammed also added that the fear of NigComSat-1R redundancy is being put to rest by the assurances of the NIGCOMSAT Chief Executive. He also proposed that both organizations could enter into barter agreement. "I have the basic knowledge of satellite operation, but we will need a team of experts to look into the proposed partnership, look at what both of us can offer," he added. He also accepted the invitation for members of the NTA Management team to visit and see facilities at the ground control station of NIGCOMSAT in Abuja.
NSCDC Boss Pays Courtesy Visit to NIGCOMSAT
2nd August 2016
The Commandant General (CG) of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Abdullahi Gana Muhammadu and his team paid a visit to the Abuja Ground Station of the Nigerian Communications Satellite Limited (NIGCOMSAT). The visit is the first of its kind since assumption of office of the CG. He was received and welcomed by the Managing Director/Chief Executive (MD/CE) of NIGCOMSAT, Ms. Abimbola Alale accompanied by her Executive Management team.
Alale told the delegation about NIGCOMSAT’s readiness to partner with NSCDC in the critical area of ensuring lasting security to lives and property of Nigerians. She also made mention of other services rendered by NIGCOMSAT that would be of great benefit to the Corps.
The delegation was taken round the facility to see first-hand, some of the activities carried out by the company. At the Network Operation Centre (NOC), Engr. Tope Yoosuf gave an insight among which were Carrier Spectrum Management for the Belarusian Satellite, Belintersat-1, managing customers and bandwidth ensuring everybody gets real value for their money with optimal satisfaction.
At the Satellite Application Department (SAD), Engr. Abdulwaheed Kolawale took the entourage through the process of managing the satellite from the Ground Station ensuring a clean bill of health at all times. He said there was no room for the slightest error because any form of mistake no matter how little could lead to collateral damage. Messages and commands are received and sent to the satellite NigComSat-1R which is at about 36,000km up in space with an orbital slot of 42.5˚E. The satellite is monitored 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The Head, Innovation and Development Department, Engr. Ahmed Saddiq showed the delegation some of the additional services that could be found at NIGCOMSAT which included an e-voting platform, Micro SAACS (Staff Attendance and Access Control System) Terminal, Smart Home IOT (Internet of Things) as well as PCB (Printed Circuit Board) Typing.
The CG showed his appreciation and couldn’t hide his amusement; “I was highly impressed with what I saw at NIGCOMSAT. We shall partner with you. I am so surprised when we got in here saying so we have such in Nigeria”. He gave a brief history of NSCDC which started as a voluntary organization after the Nigerian Civil War. CG Gana said considering core mandate of the NSCDC in the area of protecting critical infrastructure such as pipelines, masts, guarding mining sites, curbing cattle rustling and a lot more, NIGCOMSAT becomes really handy. He also said the country must be well secured for foreign investors to come in. According to him, “Protection of citizens and other residents by way of a having a comprehensive data base cannot be over emphasized and on that too, we can partner with you”.
The General Manager, SAD of NIGCOMSAT Engr. Abdulraheem Adajah on the issue of pipeline vandalism said “We are part of the committee set up by the Federal Government on pipeline vandalisation. We have applications to monitor such activities””. He went further to explain how the KA Band on NigComSat-1R could to deliver such services seamlessly.
The CG was accompanied by Engr. Jonathan Iyogho, Assistant Commandant Generral, Critical Infrastructure, Musa Bala, Deputy Commandant General, the CDPRO, ACC Emmanuel Okeh among others.
NIGCOMSAT and CGWIC Organise Stakeholder’s Workshop on Applications of Satellite Navigation Technologies & Services
23rd June 2016
A stakeholder’s workshop on applications of satellite navigation technologies & services, which took place at the NIGCOMSAT auditorium, was organised by NIGCOMSAT in collaboration with China Great Wall Industry Corporation (CGWIC). The workshop was coordinated primarily to seek input and information from various stakeholders on needs assessment for satellite navigation technology applications in various agencies.
The workshop also provided opportunities for experts and stakeholders to share ideas and discuss on advanced trends in navigation technologies, applications and feedback on identified gaps requiring urgent solutions and also synergetic strategies with enormous value for wealth and job creations.
As part of his goodwill message, the Honourable Minister of Communications, Barrister Adebayo Shittu who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Arch. Sunday Echono, welcomed all stakeholder’s to the workshop and highlighted on how communication satellites are a strategic national ICT infrastructure, which provide requisite interconnectivities to government agencies, private sectors and citizens beyond cities and urban areas.
Courtesy Visit on CG, Immigration Muhammad Babandede on Tuesday, June 21, 2016.
21st June 2016
As part of its marketing outreach to potential customers, a team from NIGCOMSAT led by the Managing Director, Abimbola Alale, recently visited the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS). The visit also doubled as a courtesy call on the new Comptroller General of the Service, Muhammad Babandede.
While congratulating him of the appointment, the NIGCOMSAT boss said her Organization is not a stranger to the Immigration Service but deemed it necessary to again visit and brief the CG on NIGCOMSAT’s activities so that the two organizations can explore areas of collaboration. “So this is not just a courtesy call but a presentation of what NIGCOMSAT is, what it does as well as our strategic partners,” she said.
Making the presentation thus, the General Manager, Marketing, Engr. Shehu Kaura, informed that NIGCOMSAT wants to, among other services, provide the Nigerian Immigration Service broadband Internet access using any of the Ka, Ku and C-Band platforms. “We also want to create Wi-Fi Hotspots/access as well as use the Ka-Platform for network design. Kaura also stated that the benefits of working with NIGCOMSAT will enable the NIS to have a pool of capacity, access to a pool of bandwidth that can be shared among its different locations, managed services as well as access to 24/7 technical supports. He also informed the CG and his team that NIGCOMSAT can provide enabling ICT platform upon which the NIS can leverage to increase its geographical coverage. NIGCOMSAT also made a presentation on one of its spin-off products, the RFID-Staff Attendance and Access Control System (SAACS).
On his part, the CG, Babandede said that the presentation is an eye-opener. He requested NIGCOMSAT to give him a team of two persons to work with the NIS ICT department. He expressed his wish to see that certain data taken from LGs are properly collated stating that “It is a good thing that NIGCOMSAT came around to brief the NIS and we look forward to working together.”
Senate Committee on ICT & Cyber Crime Visits NIGCOMSAT
21st June 2016
The Senate Committee on Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and Cybercrime was at the NIGCOMSAT Ground Control Station in Abuja recently for an oversight function. As part of the exercise, the Committee inspected the operational processes of the Company provides both domestic and international satellite services. A roundtable also ensued where most of the discussions centred on the lack of a backup satellite for the existing NigComSat-1R. In his words, Chairman of the Committee, Senator Buhari Abdulfatai, said, “The biggest challenge NIGCOMSAT faces today is the lack of a second or backup satellite. We want to see how we can quickly acquire a second or back up satellite, so that we will be able to pass a law mandating every service provider to patronise NIGCOMSAT.”
The Managing Director, Abimbola Alale, who received the Distinguished Senators told them that NIGCOMSAT’s services are highly protected against the acts of hackers and that its services are distributed amongst teeming customers including the Defence Headquarters and some African countries of Ghana, Gabon and Cote D’Ivoire. She expressed pleasure for the visit stating that, “I am glad that you are here to learn our challenges and try to proffer ways to which we can resolve them together.”
Army Chief, Buratai Calls on Ministry of Communications
14th June 2016
Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Tukur Buratai was a guest of the Communications Ministry recently. He was received by the Minister, Barrister Abdur-Raheem Adebayo Shittu, the Permanent Secretary, Arch. Sunday Echono, and heads of Agencies under the Ministry’s supervision. The Army Chief was there to discuss ways in which the Ministry and the Nigerian Army can tighten collaborations in various areas including satellite communications. According to him, “We are not here by accident but deliberately to stress the need to collaborate with the Ministry in the area of communications security. Communications is vital and we have a number of communications platforms in the North-East and Niger Delta but we need more collaboration. We already have relationships with institutions in the Ministry as they continue to impact positively on our communications needs but we need to expand further. National security is key in the fight against Boko Haram and other security challenges. On our part, we will do our best to ensure security in all installations and all areas that concerns us.”
In turn, Barrister Shittu said the visit by the COAS is historic as the Communications Ministry exists without the full appreciation of Nigerians. He informed that the nation has more potentials to exploit beyond petroleum. “The closest we have had is a visit by heads of the ICT in the Military. We are glad you deemed it fit to come over. The nation is proud of the achievements of the armed forces. We do know what nightmares Nigerians have undergone and we are glad that people are gradually returning to their homes. And this can be attributed to the leadership of the Military. We are proud of the armed forces and particularly the Chief of Army Staff,” the Minister added.
He however, noted the damage carried out in the North-East including the destruction of communication masts and acknowledged the efforts of the Military to build them back. Pledging the support of the Communications Ministry, Shittu reiterated the fact the battleground has shifted from armed strength to technology. According to him, “without security, lives and property will be in jeopardy. We will put in time-lines in which goals will be met.”
NHIS, NIGCOMSAT Partner to Improve Operations
7th June 2016
The National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) will partner with the Nigerian Communications Satellite (NIGCOMSAT) to equip its soon-to-be established 10,000 Primary Healthcare Centres (PHCs) across the elector¬al wards of the country with communication facilities.
The agreement was made when the NHIS Executive Secretary, Femi Akingbade visited the Managing Director, NIGCOMSAT, Abim¬bola Alale, in Abuja recently. During the visit, the ES described communication as crucial to the operations of his agency. He said the partnership should resolve the issues of speed, accuracy, integrity and safety of database, which are fundamental to the effective registration and administration components of his agency.
Akingbade also informed that the NHIS is committed to take advantage of every opportunity in the country to make things easy in the criti¬cal area of its operations. Making reference to the nationwide spread of the NHIS’ services con¬sidering the fact that enrolees of the Scheme are spread in all parts of the country, the NHIS boss stressed the need for the agen¬cy to be able to communicate with its various stakeholders real-time at all times. This, he said, is particular¬ly so as the agency requires to monitor and receive feedback from beneficiaries and service providers under its watch to be able to discharge its regulatory roles in the industry credibly.
Responding, Abimbola Alale said that government has a responsibil¬ity to provide social services to its people. She described NHIS as the tool of the Nigerian govern¬ment for the purpose of en¬suring that all citizens have access to qualitative and af¬fordable healthcare services. She also disclosed that NIGCOMSAT has already de¬signed some programmes and does have facilities that could be customised for the Scheme to meet its communi¬cation, monitoring and map¬ping requirements.
A joint technical team of both agencies was set up to determine the technical details of the collaboration.
AFROSAI-E commends NIGCOMSAT Ltd
16th May 2016
The African Organisation of English Speaking Supreme Audit Institutions (AFROSAI-E) as part of its activities to mark the 13th annual Governing Board meeting (GBM) commended NIGCOMSAT Ltd. after taking a tour of the Ground Control Station in Abuja, Nigeria.
The Board led by the Governing Board Chairperson, Lara Tayla, the Auditor-General of Sierra Leone said NIGCOMSAT is a huge asset to Africa and called on sub-saharan African countries to patronise the resources for the development and benefit of mankind.
The Governing Board members which consists of 26 National Audit Offices of the English Speaking African Countries were conducted round the ground facility of the company by a team of NIGCOMSAT executive management to the Satellite Control Centre, Network Operating Centre, Innovation and Development department and the Antenna farm.
Also contributing, the Auditor General of Nigeria, Mr. Ukura Samuel (OFR) who was the host of the event congratulated NIGCOMSAT Ltd. for the great work and pledged its satisfaction with the activities in the company.
The annual Governing Board meeting is an event where all Auditors-General of 26 National Audit Offices of the English Speaking African Countries meet to chart a course for the development of the Audit profession.
Nigeria hosted the Board Meeting for the first time in the entire West African Sub-region.
House Committee on ICT visits NIGCOMSAT: Buttresses Need for Backup Satellites
19th April 2016
The House of Representatives’ Committee on Information and Communications Technology (ICT) was at the Nigerian Communications Satellite (NIGCOMSAT) Limited recently to familiarize itself with the company and its staff. Chairman of the Committee, Hon. Mohammed Ogoshi Onawo led members of the committee to inspect the Ground Control Station of the Communications satellite. The visit is in line with the Committee’s mandate of supervising the Company.
Managing Director/Chief Executive of NIGCOMSAT, Abimbola Alale, with her management team, received the lawmakers and took them round the facility, where they inspected the Satellite Control Centre, Network Centre and the Innovation and Development Unit.
At an interactive session, which ensued thereafter, Abimbola Alale gave an overview of the activities of the company. She informed that NIGCOMSAT is celebrating a decade of existence this year. Alale also spoke about the Company’s success in winning the bid to manage the In-orbit Test and Delivery (IOT) and Carrier Spectrum Management of Belintersat-1, a Belarusian satellite. She however, identified some of the challenges being faced. She said “Satellite technology is there to compliment other sources of digital communications such as fiber and microwave. We have a DTH facility which needs to be completed because it will increase our internally generated revenue. The digital switchover deadline is fast approaching.”
Chairman of the ICT Committee, Hon. Onawo, congratulated NIGCOMSAT for attaining 10 years of existence and winning the award for Belintersat-1 satellite. He however, buttressed the need for the urgent launch of backup satellites for NigComSat-1R, which he said would make the Company stronger in the market as well as boost consumers’ confidence. He said “We are impressed with what we have seen but the environment needs to be improved for the equipment on ground to last longer.”
FG, CGWIC sign NigComSat 2 and 3 Framework Agreement
29th March 2016
The Federal Government of Nigeria and the China Great Wall Industry Corporation (CGWIC) have signed a preliminary framework agreement for the building of two additional communications satellites, NigComSat 2 and 3. This is a step further towards boosting the critical ICT need of the country.
The Minister of Communication Technology, Barrister Abdulraheem Adebayo Shittu, who led the Federal Government delegation including representatives of the two chambers of the National Assembly, signed the agreement in faraway Beijing, the capital of the Peoples Republic of China. He stated that the choice of China for the adoption and purchase of its technology as well as doing business stems from the cogent fact that China is a first class nation in the promotion of the ICT industry.
Barr. Shittu affirmed that Nigeria is happy with NigComSat-1R which, was built and launched by the China Great Wall Industry Corporation (CGWIC) and is yielding revenue for Nigeria. The signing of the preliminary agreement is the first step in the realisation of the actualisation of the NigComSat 2 and 3 communications Satellite project.
Earlier in his welcome address, the President of CGWIC, Mr. Yin Liming said with the framework signed, ‘hopefully the agreement will be concluded during the visit of the Nigerian President to China in April.’He expressed happiness that the event is witnessed during the 45th anniversary of the Nigeria/China bilateral relations, confirming that China has the technology that Nigeria can tap into for the e-governance.
Also contributing, the Managing Director, NIGCOMSAT Ltd, Mrs Abimbola Alale said the NigComSat 2 and 3 will boost customers’ confidence in the build up to achieving the desired ICT penetration in the country and across Africa. She believed that Nigeria should not be a lone satellite operator, instead it should have a fleet of satellites to address the need of broadcasting industry, security and the maritime sector and to also have the capacity to penetrate all the nooks and crannies of the ICT sector.
While corroborating on the lone satellite, the Chairman, Senate committee on ICT and Cyber-Crime, Senator Buhari Abdulfatai believes that Nigeria’s one communication satellite in orbit will hinder the growth of the ICT sector in the country. He emphasised on the need to have a back-up satellite in the face of international collaborations entered especially the one with Republic of Belarus to carry out the in-orbit delivery and Carrier Spectrum Management (CSM) of its Belintersat-1 Satellite. He also stated that Nigeria should be able to give its customers confidence that they have made the right decision, adding that this will in turn encourage other countries to do business with Nigeria.
The Nigerian delegation also met with the Export-Import Bank of China (China EXIM Bank) the financiers of the satellite launch. The Honourable Minister introduced the NigComSat-2 and 3 project saying that Nigeria is interested in getting funding for the project from the bank. He expressed happiness that Nigeria is reaping from the NigComSat-1R built by the CGWIC and funded by China EXIM bank which so far the facility is been repaid. Vice President of the Export-Import Bank, Mr. Yuan Xinggyong, confirmed the existing cooperation between the bank and China as a whole with Nigeria. He said that the China Bank is disposed to providing the needed finance even though it has limited amount of preferred facility for Africa.
While in China, the Communications Minister had audience with the Chinese Deputy Minister of Industry, Information and Technology, Mr. Xu Dazhe, where he had discussions on existing and future cooperation of the two countries on communication Satellite, Information Technology and Telecoms Sectors. The Deputy Minister assured Nigerian counterpart of the Chinese Government’s commitment to the telecommunication needs of Nigeria. He emphasized that his Ministry and indeed the Chinese Government will give all necessary support to facilitate the financing of the Nigerian Communication Satellites Project.
The visit also took the Minister and his delegation the China Academy of Space Technology where they were shown various satellites that have been launched.
NIGCOMSAT Signs MOU with NGF
10th February 2016
Another milestone was achieved by the Nigerian Communications Satellite (NIGCOMSAT) Limited when on Wednesday, February 10, 2016 a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed with the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) which is aimed at strengthening the use of satellite applications in social service delivery to the nation especially the rural populace. The event took place at the Secretariat of NGF in Abuja.
The Acting Director General of the Forum, Alhaji L. O. T. Shittu signed on behalf of NGF while Ms Abimbola Alale, the Managing Director/Chief Executive of NIGCOMSAT signed on behalf of the company. Ms Alale was accompanied by some key officials of the company that included the General Manager Business/Marketing, Engr. Shehu Kaura and Mrs. Alma Okpalefe, head of Legal Unit.
Ms Alale thanked the NGF for recognizing the whole project as presented to the forum which is people oriented. She said “With such projects, we would be able to deliver social welfare programmes to all Nigerians most especially the rural people through the NGF using our developmental partners. I pray that signing of this MoU will lead us (NIGCOMSAT & NGF) to doing greater service to humanity”.
Alhaji Shittu on his part stated that “We will ensure that dividend of democracy is taken to the people using your platform. We will not let you down and I hope this relationship will grow”.
Key aspects of coverage in the MoU include broadband penetration in states which is hoped to reach as many Nigerians as possible thereby bridging the digital gap among states.
E-learning and telemedicine are also areas of concentration due to challenges faced by the sectors for quite some time now.
NIGERIAN MINISTER LEADS DELEGATION TO CHINA
15th January 2016
In a bid to further develop the telecommunications industry in Nigeria as well as attract investors, Minister of Communications, Barrister Adebayo Shittu, led a delegation to China. The visit coincided with the launch of Belintersat-1 Satellite by the China Great Wall Industry Corporation (CGWIC), which NIGCOMSAT will be providing In-orbit Testing Services (IoT), and Spectrum Management Services (CSM).
NIGCOMSAT Ltd, the Nigerian Satellite Communication Company and Operator of NigComSat 1R Satellite under the supervision of the Ministry of Communications, won the bid to provide Carrier Spectrum Management (CSM) and In-Orbit Testing (IoT) services for Belintersat-1, a satellite owned by the Republic of Belarus. NIGCOMSAT is the first satellite company in Africa to win a bid to provide such services.
The Belintersat-1 Satellite was successfully launched in the early hours (about 1.30am) of Saturday, January 16th 2016 China time. (6.30Pm Friday January 15th Nigerian time)
Since he assumed office, the Communications Minister, has expressed determination to deepen broadband penetration and make the telecommunications sector an active and vibrant sector that will contribute significantly to national socio-economic growth and development in view of its vast potentials.
At different meetings with the President of the China Great Wall Industries Corporation CGWIC, Mr. Yin Liming and President of the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC), Mr. Wu Yansheng, there were discussions and negotiations on possible new communication satellites for NIGCOMSAT and support for its ground station improvement. Deliberations also centered around developing partnerships through NIGCOMSAT’s operations which include a back-up satellite, Direct-to-Home (DTH) platform, the highly sort after navigation services (the L-Band which is on NigComSat-1R) and most importantly, capacity building and training of Nigerian engineers.
NIGCOMSAT TO PROVIDE IN-ORBIT TEST FOR BELINTERSAT-1 SATELLITE
31st December 2015
NIGERIAN COMMUNICATIONS SATELLITE (NIGCOMSAT) LTD., the Operator of NigComSat-1R (the Nigerian Communication Satellite) has been announced the winner of the bid to provide In-Orbit Test (IOT) and Carrier Spectrum Monitoring (CSM) Services for Belintersat-1 Satellite.
This announcement was made by China Great Wall Industries Corporation (CGWIC), a renowned satellite manufacturing company in China and a technical partner to NIGCOMSAT LTD.
Belintersat-1 is a communication satellite owned by the government of Belarus, manufactured and due for launch in January 2016 by CGWIC.
The IOT/CSM Services agreement has been signed between NIGCOMSAT and CGWIC and work has since commenced. By this agreement, NIGCOMSAT would support the activities of CGWIC by providing necessary facilities to test communication payload of the Belintersat-1 Satellite over Africa using the NIGCOMSAT Ltd. Ground Station infrastructure located in Abuja. NIGCOMSAT LTD. will also provide CSM services to monitor the performance of Belintersat-1 and transmit the data in real-time to Belarus for the life of the satellite.
This is a big feat for Nigeria and clearly shows that NIGCOMSAT and indeed Nigeria has developed the capacity to provide highly technical services in the satellite communication industry, in addition to its traditional services of transponder leasing, broadband services, enterprise solutions, secured communications & solutions amongst others over Nigeria and other African countries such as Gabon and Cote D’Ivore.
The Honourable Minister of Communication will be leading a Nigerian delegation to witness the launch of the Belintersat-1 in January 2016, and to discuss other related partnerships and ways to further improve, deepen and strengthen the Sino-Nigeria relationship.
Nigerian Military & Nigcomsat, Strengthening a Decade of Robust Inter-Institutional Relationship
19th August 2015
The Managing Director of the Nigerian Communications Satellite limited, Abimbola Alale said that the decade of inter-institutional relationship, which had existed between the Nigerian Military and her agency, has been most robust, cordial and rewarding.
The Managing Director stated this recently while on a courtesy visit to the newly appointed Chief of Defense Staff, Major General Abayomi Gabriel Olonishakin.
The Managing Director stated this recently while on a courtesy visit to the newly appointed Chief of Defense Staff, Major General Abayomi Gabriel Olonishakin.
Alale, who led the Management of NIGCOMSAT on a courtesy call to the Chief of Defence Staff, Major General Abayomi Gabriel Olonishakin, used the instance to officially congratulate him on his appointment as the Chief of Defense Staff which she describe as most deserving , given his sterling professional tract record in the Nigeria Army formation.
She lauded the partnership scheme between her agency and the military over the years, pledging to provide better services delivery to boost the enormous security tasks and allied inter-institutional primary assignment schedules that are essentially security-premised for the development administrative pursuits of the Nigerian nation.
The Managing Director of NIGCOMSAT voiced her support for the military in accomplishing President Muhammadu Buhari’s recent marching order to stamp out the current rural and urban violence, ravaging the North-Eastern Geo-Political zone of Nigeria, showing up in form of insurgency.
General Olonishakin extoled the synergy between NIGCOMSAT and the military that has lasted for many years and made a case for the utilization of the L-Band dedicated to the military.
According to him, the military need a communication platform to deliver real time intelligence in the war against insurgence.
A joint technical committee will be constituted in few days to enhance the business partnership with NIGCOMSAT said the Chief of Defence Staff.
The Managing Director of NIGCOMSAT commended the idea of setting up the committee and commits to chairing it.
AFRINIC’s, Nigerian Communication Satellite Ltd & MicroBoss Technologies collaborates to promote IPv6, the next generation Internet Protocol
2nd July 2015
As part of AFRINIC’s commitment to improve Capacity Building of Engineers in Africa, its training Team will be conducting a training on Internet Number Resources Management (INRM) and IPv6 at the NIGCOMSAT headquarters in Abuja from 7 -10 July 2015.
The training is being hosted in collaboration with Nigerian Communication Satellite Ltd & MicroBoss Technologies. The objective of this four-day session is to sensitise Internet operators, ISPs and other stakeholders on IPv6, the new Internet protocol.
The course targets network engineers and systems administrators capable of understanding, designing and building IPv4 networks.
“In addition to our tailored training programs, AFRINIC has launched an IPv6 virtual lab in 2009 to widely support the community in hands on training for IPv6 deployment,” says Alan Barrett, the Chief Executive Officer of AFRINIC
“NIGCOMSAT Ltd is utilizing the potentials in the IPv6 revolution while trusting to become the hub of real time connectivity for the Internet of things and other emerging technologies and to support the migration from IPv4 to IPv6 technology” says Abimbola Alale, the Managing Director and Chief Executive of NIGCOMSAT Ltd.
Chinese Ambassador Assured of NIGCOMSAT Co-operation
8th June 2015
The MD/CE of NIGCOMSAT, Ms. Abimbola Alale, has assured the Chinese Ambassador, His Excellency, Gu Xiao Jie, of a continuous smooth business relationship with China.
Speaking in her office, while receiving the Chinese Ambassador and his team, who paid her a courtesy visit, said the relationship between NIGCOMSAT and China Great Wall Industry Corporation's since the launch of the first communication satellite in 2007 has been cordial.
While congratulating Nigeria on her successful presidential inauguration, His Excellency, Gu Xiao Jie, said his courtesy visit is to strengthen the mutual relationship between China and Nigeria. He stated that Nigeria is a very important strategic partner of China in Africa.
Highlight of the visit was the facility tour of the ground station by the visiting Chinese Ambassador and his team.
NIGCOMSAT Joins ESOA
19th March 2015
The Nigerian Communications Satellite Limited is now a member of the European, Middle East and Africa Satellite Operators Association (ESOA). The confirmation was made at the 2015 Conference of Chief Executives of the world’s leading satellite operators recently held in Washington.
ESOA is a Brussels-based trade association whose membership brings together all European, Middle-East and African satellite operators and supporting members including service providers, manufacturers and launch service providers. Set up in 2002, the association’s mission is to provide a unified voice and a platform for collaboration for satellite operators to ensure the continued success of the sector and to broaden the opportunities for policy makers to leverage satellite services to fulfil their objectives.
With the confirmation of NIGCOMSAT membership of ESOA, the MD/CE, Ms. Abimbola Alale, becomes the first female MD/CE to join the organization.
This action is another commendable feat of this present Management and it will stand a test of time in the history of NIGCOMSAT.
NIGCOMSAT Set to Launch Ka-Band
6th February 2015
As part of the Federal Government’s effort to expand technology to rural communities, and to improve the delivery of ultra-high speed connectivity and content in the mainstream of Nigeria businesses, Nigeria Communications Satellite, NIGCOMSAT is set launch its own Ka-band satellite solution.
Announcing the upcoming launch in a statement, NIGCOMSAT’s Spokesman and Head of Public Affairs , Adamu Idris said, "The Ka-band will offer an advanced satellite system affordable to Nigerians most especially at the rural communities. For a start, we are working with our partners One Network and Clear Sky Broadband to provide Ka-band services to Nigeria’s Postal Service."
With this introduction of Ka-band satellite solution to Nigeria, NIGCOMSAT is set to revolutionalise satellite broadband services in Nigeria with the aim of making it more affordable for small business and consumers. According to the spokes person, ´Once NIGCOMSAT rolls out at the launch, Nigerians can reach out to any of our partners to get improved services at minimal rates. Our Ka-band satellite covers the entire West African region´.
Before its introduction by NIGCOMSAT, Nigerians who used the Ka-band satellite broadband services have had to pay exorbitant fees to private service providers located in Europe and Asia, including other parts of the world for services that can be provided at a lower and more affordable rates if provided locally.
Mr. Idris further added that the launch tagged ''Promoting financial inclusion & Opportunity through KA-BAND utilization'' will hold on Tuesday, February 10, 2015 which would be chaired by the Hon Minister of Communication Technology, Mrs. Omobola Johnson.
FG Confirms Alale as NIGCOMSAT MD/CEO
24th December 2014
President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, GCFR has approved the appointment of Ms Abimbola Alale as the Managing Director, Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Communications Satellite (NIGCOMSAT) LTD.
The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator Ayim Pius Ayim GCON, in a letter, conveyed the President’s message of her appointment as Managing Director/Chief Executive, Nigerian Communications Satellite (NIGCOMSAT) for a first term of four (4) years and also wished her the best of luck on her new assignment.
It would be recalled that Abimbola Alale became the Ag MD/CE in February 2014. Before then, she was the Executive Director, Marketing, a position she held since the inception of the company in 2006.
Ms Alale holds a postgraduate degree in Space Studies and an MBA from the International Space University in Strasbourg, France and has since undergone several trainings in space technology. She started her career with the National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) where she served as NigComSat-1 Project Secretary, a project that gave birth to NIGCOMSAT LTD.
Alale has worked on key national projects, including the Nigcomsat 1R project in which she was Project Director with the responsibility of managing the launch of the replacement satellite otherwise known as NigComSat-1R
This African space Amazon has served in various capacities on various national committees that have advanced the utilization of space applications in Nigeria. She is wholly committed to the utilization and development of space applications to the socio-economic development of Nigeria.
The appointment took effect from December 24, 2014.
NIGCOMSAT Transitional Plan to Privatisation
8th December 2014
In line with the Federal Government’s drive to commercialize the operations of NIGCOMSAT Limited, the Federal Government on Monday discussed the transitional plan for privatizing NIGCOMSAT Ltd.
The plan was part of the discussion at the Federal Ministry of Communications Technology’s Ministerial Strategy Retreat on policy performance framework design chaired by the Honorable Minister- Dr. (Mrs.) Omobola Johnson.
According to the Ag. Managing Director of NIGCOMSAT, Ms Abimbola Alale, the estimated market value of NIGCOMSAT ground infrastructure in Abuja and China is about USD 1billion and in addition, if government chooses to increase commercialization efforts through additional critical infrastructure investment, then it will have the optimal asset utility to generate revenue and improve financial profiles to attract investors. Nevertheless, Government will require capital outlay to acquire the infrastructural needs for government to privatize after full commercialization and purchase a new satellite.
It should be noted that satellite industry benchmarking analyses suggest that the most successful privatization exercises have occurred with satellite companies that have been established for a minimum of 24 (twenty-four) years.
However, because of austerity measures, privatization will be preceded by a transition phase. According to her, the 2015 transition plan will focus on commercial growth and an improved financial attractiveness of the project then Privatisation is expected to be implemented by 2018.
NIGCOMSAT Showcases Products at the 3rd National Education Innovations Exhibition
1st December 2014
Nigerian Communications Satellite (NIGCOMSAT) showcased its products at the just concluded 3rd edition of the National Education Innovation Exhibition organized by the Federal Ministry of Education at the Old Parade Ground, Abuja from the 1st to 2nd December 2014.
The annual exhibition was organized under a collaborative venture between the Federal Ministries of Education; Science and Technology as well as Industries, Trade and Investment.
The two-day event brought to public attention equipment and materials produced by educational institutions; provided awareness to relevant government agencies; provided awareness to necessary sections of the organized private sector towards enhancing the quality of the products and commercialized the products. The event highlighted innovation in education and the science sector. The annual event provided an opportunity for stakeholders to share experiences and expertise.
This year’s event was declared open by President Goodluck Jonathan who was represented at the two-day event by the Minister of Education, Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau. President Goodluck Jonathan called for the commercialization of innovations from educational institutions in the country so as to grow the nation’s economy as such steps would enhance global competitiveness.
During the two-day event, NIGCOMSAT Limited showcased its products to the general public and identified areas of collaboration with other relevant institutions. During the exhibition Engineer Abdullahi Adamu from the Technology and Convergence Support Services Department of Nigerian Communications Satellite (NIGCOMSAT) highlighted products innovated by NIGCOMSAT such as Staff Attendance and Access Control Software (SAACS), E-Voting Software, Farm Automation and Data Acquisition Management Aggregator (FADAMA), National Integrated Vehicle Identification System (NAVIS), Health Information and Management System (HIMS), Anti-Counterfeit System (OLUBUSTER) and PCB Development Boards.
NIGCOMSAT Inaugurates Anti-Corruption Unit
12th November 2014
The Nigerian Communications Satellite (NIGCOMSAT) Limited on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 inaugurated its Anti-Corruption Transparency Monitoring Unit (ACTU).
The unit, which is made up of by six members, was inaugurated under the auspices of the Anti-Corruption Transparency Monitoring Unit of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offense commission ICPC, at the NIGCOMSAT headquarters in Lugbe, Abuja.
The newly inaugurated anti-corruption unit has the mandate to prevent any act of corruption amongst staff of NIGCOMSAT, conduct initial investigations into petitions that may be received pertaining to the satellite communications organization and make a report to the management of NIGCOMSAT and ICPC for further action.
Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, the NIGCOMSAT Ag. Managing Director, Ms. Abimbola Alale, said that it was regrettable that corruption had become a global problem. She, however, expressed optimism that with ICPC throwing its weight behind NIGCOMSAT, the latter would be well guided on issues of corruption.
According to the NIGCOMSAT boss, "Corruption is a global problem, but with ICPC, we will be guided so as not to fall into the pit." She added that the cordial relationship between NIGCOMSAT and ICPC would be sustained, urging the chairman of NIGCOMSAT anti-corruption unit to always guide her aright and to bring to her knowledge any activity that may be considered wrong.
Earlier, in his keynote address, the ICPC chairman, Ekpo Nta, who was represented by B. B GAJI, Head of department, CMED, stated, "ACTU if properly deployed in your specialized office, has the capacity of making your organisation a model in corruption prevention in line with the mandate of ICPC."
"More importantly, ACTU is expected to pay particular attention to the preventive and educational/enlightenment of public duties. ACTU members occupy a vantage position as regards familiarity with the procedural machinery of the organizations and are, therefore, better placed to critically assess such system and put forward recommendations for the review of those processes that are prone to corruption".
The six-member committee of NIGCOMSAT Anti-Corruption unit is headed by Mr. Emmanuel Agyoh as the chairman.
3rd Regular Meeting of the National Council on Communication Technology (NCCT)
11th September 2014
The 3rd regular meeting of the National council on Communication Technology (NCCT) took place on 11th – 16th September 2014 at the Banquet Hall, Government house in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State
The meeting was hosted by the Bayelsa state government in collaboration with the Ministry of Communication Technology
In attendance were the Honourable Commissioner Ministry of science, Technology & Manpower Development and the permanent Secretary, representatives of state Governments on ICT, DG’s of Government Parastatals and Agencies, Officials from the Federal Ministry of Communication Technology (FMCT), Officials from the Ministry of Science and Technology and a press crew. Ag.MD of NIGCOMSAT Limited, Abimbola Alale and her team were also present.
The opening and technical meeting was chaired by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Communication Technology Dr. Tunji Olaopa on the 11th & 12th of September, 2014.
The meeting was aimed at fostering ICT development in the Country. State Governments reported the progress made in the development of ICT ministries and deployment of ICT services in the states. NIGCOMSAT Limited presented a memo, which was read by council and approved as amended.
The Honourable Minister of Communication Technology chaired the conclusion of the council meeting and presentation and ratification of the Communiqué on Tuesday 16 September 2014. The Deputy Governor of Bayelsa state, Godwin Jonah was present.
CVL Economic Growth Sector Celebration
6th October 2014
The Board Chairman of NIGCOMSAT Limited, Prof. Turner Isoun, was recently conferred with the ICT Policy Pioneer Award by the Centre for Values in Leadership (CVL).
Professor Pat Utomi, Founder of the Centre, while presenting the Award to Prof Isoun noted that "As Minister of Science and Technology, Prof. Turner Isoun guided the development and launch of NigeriaSat 1 and NigComSat 1, an Earth observation and advanced Geo-stationary Communications Satellite, respectively,"
He further noted that "Isoun developed policies on space science and technology, information technology and biotechnology to promote both high and low tech science across the various sectors of the Ministry and enabled the ICT infrastructure for backbone connectivity and software development".
The award was received on behalf of Prof Isoun by the Acting Managing Director of NIGCOMSAT Ltd, Mrs Abimbola Alale.
Professor Turner Isoun earned his B.Sc, D.V.M., and PhD in Vertinary Medicine And Pathology from Michigan State University U.S.A. He also had an academic career at the University of Nigeria and the University of Ibadan. He was a Visiting Professor at the University of California, and a Visiting Scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Bernard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine.
Professor Isoun was a researcher with the Rockefeller Foundation, Carnegie Foundation and International Development Research Foundation (IDRC) among others.
He is also a fellow of the Nigerian Academy of sciences and the African academy of sciences.