Nigeria: NIGCOMSAT And TURKSAT Sign Deal On Satellite Deployment
Nigerian Communication Satellite Company Limited (NIGCOMSAT) and the Turkish Satellite Company (TURKSAT) have come into a partnership understanding that will see to the deployment of satellite solutions across the African continent.
A statement released yesterday by NIGCOMSAT stated that both Satellite companies are collaborating to deliver satellite-based services in Africa.
The agreement offers a framework of cooperation between the two giant satellite operators in various areas including; shared satellite ground infrastructure in Africa and Europe, satellite communication training, broadcast content sharing, backup capacity arrangements and satellite applications development with a specific priority on e-government applications.
This newly signed deal is expected to allow both operators to harness their various resources and specific expertise to make available, new, innovative and improved satellite-based solutions.
This collaboration is expected to foster government interest in broadband penetration in every part of Nigeria, including other parts of the continent where its footprints are seen.
The statement stated that the two national agencies signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in Ankara, Turkey.
Nigerian Communications Satellite Ltd is a Federal Ministry of Communications Technology led company that has a mission to be the foremost communications satellite operator and service provider in Africa.
Earlier in 2018, it was reported that the Minister of Communication, Mr Adebayo Shittu, disclosed that two Chinese firms that are into satellite manufacturing, China EXIM Bank and China Great Walls, have come into a partnership with the Federal Government for the procurement of two satellites. The minister said they would take about two years to manufacture and is excited that it will serve the African continent.