NCC issues landing permits to 55 space stations
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.