NIGCOMSAT, Hotspot Collaborate On Rural Connectivity

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L-R: The managing director, NIGCOMSAT Ltd, Mrs. Jane Nkechi Egerton-Idehen and the chief executive officer, HOTSPOT, Engr. Morenikeji Aniye during the signing of a partnership agreement between the two organisations.

NIGCOMSAT Limited, Nigeria’s leading provider of satellite communication infrastructure, has entered into a groundbreaking partnership with Hotspot, a technology company specialising in rural connectivity solutions.

This strategic collaboration aims to revolutionise access to reliable and affordable internet services in underserved communities across the country.

Under 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 internet access. By combining NIGCOMSAT’s extensive satellite infrastructure with 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 the managing director and CEO of NIGCOMSAT Limited, Mrs. Jane Nkechi Egerton-Idehen. “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.

Hotspot’s CEO, Eng. Morenikeji Aniye expressed his enthusiasm for the partnership, stating, “We are thrilled to work alongside NIGCOMSAT in this endeavor. At Hotspot, connecting the millions of unconnected persons remains a cardinal objective of our mission. By combining our expertise and resources, we will 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, signed on June 27, 2024, is part of NIGCOMSAT’s ongoing commitment to enhancing its coverage throughout Nigeria and beyond. While NIGCOMSAT Ltd provides communication satellite services covering African countries and parts of Europe and Asia, Hotspot Network Limited is a comprehensive provider 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 using the NigComSat-1R Ka-Band platform, targeting a sizeable number of rural communities across Nigeria.

A statement by NIGCOMSAT’s assistant general manager for corporate affairs, Aisha Bantam said 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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