NCC is­sues land­ing per­mits to 55 space sta­tions

The Punch - - BUSINESS & ECONOMY - Ife Ogun­fuwa

The Nige­rian Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Commission says it has is­sued land­ing per­mits to 55 space sta­tions that are pro­vid­ing satel­lite com­mu­ni­ca­tions in the coun­try.

in a public no­tice on Tues­day, the Director, Public Af­fairs at the NCC, henry Nke­madu, said the commission had the man­date as pro­vided by the Nige­rian Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Act NCA2003 to de­velop the Com­mer­cial Satel­lite Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Guide­lines for the telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions in­dus­try in Nige­ria, which came into ef­fect in Novem­ber 2018.

“in line with the pro­vi­sions of Sec­tion 13 of the Com­mer­cial Satel­lite Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Guide­lines, the commission to date has is­sued land­ing per­mits to 55 space sta­tions pro­vid­ing cov­er­age over Nige­ria’s ter­ri­tory,” he added.

The NCC said the move would en­able it to reg­u­late satel­lite and space ser­vices and en­sure the op­er­a­tors con­trib­ute sig­nif­i­cantly to broad­band pen­e­tra­tion.

The commission said it en­gaged in the reg­u­lar­i­sa­tion of the ac­tiv­i­ties of all satel­lite op­er­a­tors in­clud­ing space sta­tion op­er­a­tors and earth sta­tion op­er­a­tors.

The satel­lite op­er­a­tors are in­tel­sat LLC, Eu­tel­sat S.A., Avanti hy­las2 Lim­ited, Yah­sat, Nss Li­censee BV, Oneweb, and in­marsat.

The Coun­try Man­ager for Nige­ria, Avanti Com­mu­ni­ca­tions, Jane Eger­ton-ide­hen, in an in­ter­view with The PUNCH re­cently said satel­lite com­mu­ni­ca­tions suited for de­ploy­ment in ru­ral and re­mote ar­eas in the most cost-ef­fec­tive way.

Ac­cord­ing to her, newer satel­lite tech­nol­ogy is more cost-ef­fi­cient and that ka-band fre­quency of oper­a­tions pro­vides users with higher speed at a lower cost.

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