Pantami entrusts NIGCOMSAT with new KPIs and unveils a new roadmap
The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ibrahim Pantami, has again tasked the management and staff of Nigerian Communications Satellite Limited (NIGCOMSAT) on a new Key Performance Indicator (KPI), capable of transforming the agency into an opportunity driven company. entity, which will strengthen its capacity to take risks in Nigeria’s fast-growing ICT sector.
Pantami also unveiled new roadmaps that will help NIGCOMSAT to accomplish its new task.
NIGCOMSAT Limited Managing Director Dr Abimbola Alale revealed this while revealing two new subsidiaries created within NIGCOMSAT to stakeholders and channel partners at the just concluded NIGCOMSAT Stakeholder Forum, with the theme, “NIGCOMSAT Ltd: Present and Future. ‘
According to Alale, based on the Minister’s directives, NIGCOMSAT is strategically positioning itself for potential opportunities and risks, hence the creation of operational structures to facilitate its business aspirations.
“As we strive to achieve our vision of being the leading provider of satellite communication solutions in Nigeria and Africa, NIGCOMSAT obtained approval in 2020 to form two subsidiaries (SUBCO). First, the Satellite Infrastructure Company (SIC) will provide upstream satellite services such as transponder rental and in-orbit test (IOT) services, carrier spectrum management (CSM) services, among others. . Second, the Satellite Broadband and Broadcasting Company (SBBC), ready to provide downstream satellite services such as broadband Internet services, broadcast services (DTH), among others, ”explained Alale.
The Stakeholder Forum, which was recently held in Lagos, gave NIGCOMSAT the opportunity to take stock of its achievements in previous years. It was also a way for channel partners and stakeholders in the telecommunications industry to review the performance and operations of NIGCOMSAT.
NIGCOMSAT is a key player in the Nigeria National Broadband Plan (NNBP 2020-2025) as published by the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy and initiated by President Muhammadu Buhari. The forum thus highlighted the contributions of NIGCOMSAT Ltd as a national digital economy services infrastructure providing satellite communication solutions to a wide range of customers.
Speaking on NIGCOMSAT’s contributions over the past few years, the President of the Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria, ALTON, Gbenga Adebayo, praised the operations of the company and urged its debtors to make an effort to pay on time for the services rendered.
“NIGCOMSAT provides services to the public, including government, and all services rendered, whether to government, must be paid for. Satellite operations are essential for the growth of telecommunications in the country, therefore NIGCOMSAT Ltd should be guided to be successful by all stakeholders, ”said Adebayo.
Alale took advantage of the stakeholder forum to announce NIGCOMSAT’s plans to launch two new satellites, NigComSat-2 and NigComSat-3 in 2023 and 2025 respectively, which will replace the current NigComSat 1-R, which is scheduled to expire in 2026..
NigComSat-2 and NigComSat-3, when launched as planned, will replace NigComSat 1-R, which was launched in 2011.
NigComSat 1-R, which has a 15-year lifespan, is expected to expire in 2026, hence the need for replacement.
Alale, in her remarks, said: “I am delighted to inform stakeholders of our desire to acquire more satellites by 2025 with the NigComSat-2 (Broadband Satellite) scheduled for launch in 2023. while NigComSat-3 will be launched in 2025.. “
Adebayo further said that the launch of the two satellites will improve the faster deployment of 5G across the country.