Vodacom Nigeria to deploy Intelsat satellite services
Vodacom Business Nigeria has signed an agreement with Intelsat SA, a communications satellite services provider, to deploy satellite services in Nigeria.
The strategic agreement, which was signed at the Satellite 2018 event in the United States recently, would allow Vodacom to expand its enterprise broadband connectivity in Nigeria.
According to a statement by Vodacom, the agreement makes Vodacom Business Nigeria the first telecommunications provider in Nigeria to lease capacity on the Intelsat 35e Satellite.
The statement read in part, “As satellite coverage increases globally, enterprises are no longer limited to operating from just one location because of the high speed broadband requirements for their business operation.
“Through this agreement with Intelsat SA, which is the operator of the world’s first globalised network and leader in integrated satellite solutions, Vodacom Business Nigeria will deploy the Intelsat EPICNG satellite services, which is a next generation of satellite technology, to its enterprise customers to enable them to operate from anywhere they want throughout Nigeria.”
The Intelsat’s Regional Vice President, Africa Sales, Brian Jakins, said, “Intelsat Epicng enables higher data rate applications and smaller terminals that give enterprises the avenue to expand into new regions and take advantage of business opportunities regardless of where they occur.”
He noted that with the improved performance delivered by Intelsat Epicng, Vodacom Business Nigeria’s customers would utilise the satellite services on Intelsat 35e to deliver fast, high quality and resilient broadband connectivity to the banking, oil and gas, and enterprise sectors across West Africa for an improved quality of service.
The managing Director, Vodacom Business Nigeria, Lanre Kolade, said, “With plans in top gear to deploy the Intelsat Epicng satellite services, this will enable Vodacom Business Nigeria to deliver an efficient, quick, reliable, secure broadband solution with a low monthly recurring cost within the shortest time to our enterprise customers.”
He said that the agreement would further allow Vodacom to connect businesses located in places where there was no access to terrestrial and mobile networks, therefore bringing them closer to their employees, customers as well as other businesses, to help empower them to remain operational and profitable.
“As a leading provider of corporate connectivity and telecommunications solutions, Vodacom always strives to stay up-to-date with the technological needs and requirements of the changing environment, hence the reason for this agreement,” Kolade said.