Nigeria, iDirect enter satellite broadband partnership
- Published on 12 July 2012
The Nigerian government has entered into a partnership with US satellite communications technology company iDirect in a bid to boost internet broadband penetration in Nigeria, especially in rural areas.
The broadband expansion project will be carried out through the Nigerian Communications Satellite Limited (NIGCOMSAT).
And managing director of NIGCOMSAT, Timasaniyu Ahmed-Rufai, said the move could enhance the satellite company’s existing Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) solutions for affordable Internet services to the military, government, education and enterprise markets.
“iDirect’s solutions will enable us to offer a broadband service that meets the diverse requirement of multiple end users, and can grow to meet further connectivity challenges,” Ahmed-Rufai said.
Speaking on the partnership, regional vice president for iDirect in Europe, Majdi Atout said there is tremendous potential for growth in Africa, but that much of that potential hinges on developing an infrastructure that can support high-speed data sharing and broadband internet access.
"iDirect’s seamless integration with fibre networks will also allows NIGCOMSAT to deliver broadband connectivity to remote communities, ensuring that rural users gain the economic and social benefits of broadband access" said Atout.