NIGCOMSAT, HOTSPOT To Collaborate On Rural Connectivity

NIGCOMSAT Limited, Nigeria’s leading provider of satellite communication infrastructure, has entered into a groundbreaking partnership with Hotspot, a leading technology company which, specialises in rural connectivity solutions. This strategic collaboration aims to revolutionise access to reliable and affordable Internet services in underserved communities across the country.

According to a press release on Friday, 28th June 2024 signed by the NIGCOMSAT Assistant General Manager, Corporate Affairs, Aisha Bantam, said that under the terms of the agreement, NIGCOMSAT and Hotspot will leverage their respective strengths to deploy cutting-edge satellite technology and innovative connectivity solutions to connect remote and rural areas that have traditionally lacked access to internet connectivity. By combining NIGCOMSAT’s extensive satellite infrastructure and Hotspot’s expertise in rural connectivity, this partnership will empower communities to bridge the digital divide and unlock new opportunities for socioeconomic development.

“At NIGCOMSAT, we are committed to leveraging our technological capabilities to drive digital transformation and improve the lives of Nigerians, especially those in underserved regions,” said Mrs. Jane Nkechi Egerton-Idehen, the Managing Director, Chief Executive Officer of NIGCOMSAT Limited. “This collaboration with Hotspot highlights our unwavering dedication to connect the unconnected and ensure that no community is left behind in the digital age”, she added.

From L-R, Managing Director, Chief Executive Officer, NIGCOMSAT Ltd, Mrs Jane Nkechi Egerton-Idehen and the Chief Executive Officer, HOTSPOT, Engr. Morenikeji Aniye during the signing of a partnership agreement between NIGCOMSAT Ltd and HOTSPOT for the deployment of internet connectivity in rural communities across the country.

Hotspot’s Chief Executive Officer, Eng. Morenikeji Aniye, expressed his enthusiasm for the partnership, stating, “We are thrilled to work alongside NIGCOMSAT in this endeavour. At Hotspot connecting the millions of unconnected persons remains a cardinal objective of our mission. By combining our expertise and resources, we will be able to deploy innovative solutions that bring reliable and affordable internet access to rural communities, empowering them to participate fully in the digital economy and access essential services.”

The agreement which, was signed on Thursday, June 27, 2024, is part of NIGCOMSAT’s relentless commitment towards enhancing its coverage through Nigeria and beyond.

While NIGCOMSAT Ltd is a communication satellite service provider with coverage over African countries and parts of Europe and Asia, Hotspot Network Limited is a one-stop for all networking and telecommunications needs. The rural connectivity project is also in partnership with the Universal Service Provision Fund (USPF). The project is expected to deliver rural connectivity on the NigComSat-1R Ka-Band platform. So far, Hotspot has proposed targeting a sizeable number of rural communities across Nigeria with the service.

The joint initiative between NIGCOMSAT and Hotspot will commence immediately, with plans to roll out the first phase of the project in select rural areas within the next six months. This collaboration underscores NIGCOMSAT’s commitment to bridging the digital divide and positioning Nigeria as a leader in the deployment of cutting-edge satellite communication technologies for the benefit of its citizens.

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