The Nigerian Communications Satellite Limited and the Nigerian Postal Service have concluded plans for the provision of broadband services to rural communities across the country.
The Head of Media Relations Unit at NigComSat Limited, Mr. Stephen Kwande, disclosed this in a statement in Abuja on Monday.
The Nigerian Communications Satellite constructed by a Chinese firm, Great Wall Industry Corporation of China – NigComSat-1R – will be deployed for this service while NIPOST outlets across the country will serve as the contact centres for the service.
Kwande said both organisations had set in motion the process for the realisation of the project, expected to increase broadband penetration across the country.
The service is also expected to help NIPOST in the rollout of a number of services aimed at financial inclusion of un-served citizens in rural communities across the country.
Kwande said, “NIGCOMSAT Limited and the NIPOST have set in motion efforts to ensure that broadband penetration in the country is achieved through the deployment of NigComSat-1R services while using NIPOST infrastructure all over the country.
“This development came on the heels of a top management meeting held between the two agencies under the auspices of the Ministry of Communications at the corporate headquarters of NIPOST.
“Among the areas of collaboration is the Federal Government policy on broadband penetration, which is expected to propel the broadband access seamlessly through NIPOST infrastructure spread all over the country to ensure its success.”
He also said, “The Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of NIGCOMSAT Limited, Abimbola Alale, who led top NIGCOMSAT management to the meeting emphasised that the broadband penetration initiative of the Federal Government should effectively use NIPOST facilities since the rural populace can be reached through them.”