Shittu wants more satel­lites for broad­band pen­e­tra­tion

Daily Trust - - IT WORLD - By Zakariyya Adaramola

The Min­is­ter for Com­mu­ni­ca­tions, Ade­bayo Shittu , has can­vassed for more com­mu­ni­ca­tions satel­lites to en­able NigComSat-1R bet­ter serve Nige­ria in the ar­eas of telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions ser­vices and broad­band pen­e­tra­tion.

Mr Shittu stated this at the Na­tional As­sem­bly (House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tive) spe­cial sec­toral de­bate on the di­ver­si­fi­ca­tion of the Nige­rian econ­omy, ac­cord­ing to a state­ment is­sued by the Nige­rian Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Satel­lites Lim­ited (NIGCOMSAT) yes­ter­day.

The min­is­ter noted with concern that NIGCOMSAT Ltd which presently op­er­ates only one satel­lite (NigComSat-1R) needs to im­prove its fleet to en­hance cus­tomer con­fi­dence and en­able the com­pany ef­fec­tively com­pete in this strate­gic sec­tor, the state­ment signed by Stephen Kwande, NIGCOMSAT’s head of me­dia re­la­tions, said.

The Na­tional As­sem­bly de­bate which was to show­case the im­pact of all min­istries on the Nige­rian econ­omy was in­formed by the Min­is­ter of Com­mu­ni­ca­tions that NIGCOMSAT Ltd pa­tron­age d by min­istries and agen­cies of gov­ern­ment is yet to im­prove sig­nif­i­cantly as would be de­sired be­cause it op­er­ates a lone satel­lite as these MDAs utilise for­eign satel­lites at huge cost to the coun­try.

He fur­ther stated that Nige­ri­ans and busi­ness in­ter­ests in the coun­try pa­tro­n­ise for­eign satel­lite op­er­a­tors who own mul­ti­ple satel­lites in the or­bit.

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