NIGCOMSAT and Infratel Africa Partner to Enhance Rural Connectivity in Nigeria

A high-quality image depicting enhanced rural connectivity in Nigeria through satellite technology. The image features a satellite dish in a rural village

The Nigerian Communications Satellite (NIGCOMSAT), owner and operator of Nigeria’s communication satellite systems, has announced a strategic partnership with infrastructure and technology company Infratel Africa to improve rural connectivity in Nigeria.

While precise details and a timetable are yet to be disclosed, the project aims to migrate 100 locations to the NIGCOMSAT-1R Ka-band hub platform, significantly enhancing connectivity in rural areas. The NIGCOMSAT-1R satellite capacity will expand telecom networks and connectivity solutions, according to the partners.

Infratel Africa, a leading telecommunication infrastructure service provider in Nigeria and sub-Saharan Africa, is committed to connecting unserved and underserved communities to the global digital landscape. The company promotes digital inclusivity and equality through its expertise and technology, driving transformational services such as agency banking, telemedicine, e-learning, e-government, and solar-based cold rooms.

By leveraging strategic alliances with technical partners, Infratel Africa aims to enhance communication across Africa. This collaboration with NIGCOMSAT seeks to improve connectivity in unserved and underserved communities, supporting the Nigerian government’s goal of bridging the digital divide.

According to the Ecofin News Agency, as of March 31, Nigeria had 219.3 million mobile phone subscriptions and 163.8 million internet subscriptions. However, due to multiple SIM ownership, these figures may be inflated. The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) revealed in 2022 that nearly 35 million Nigerians still lack access to telecommunications services.

This initiative is not the only coverage effort involving NIGCOMSAT recently. Late last year, the company was in the news when YahClick, the data solutions subsidiary of the UAE’s flagship satellite solutions provider YahSat, announced a partnership with a Nigerian group to expand broadband penetration in sub-Saharan Africa.

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