Vo­da­com Nige­ria to de­ploy In­tel­sat satel­lite ser­vices

The Punch - - INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY - Ife Ogun­fuwa

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.

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