NigComSat partners Hotspot on rural connectivity

The Nigerian Communications Satellite Limited (NigComSat) has entered into partnership through a Memorandum of Understanding with Hotspot Technology solutions to provide internet access to rural communities in Nigeria.

According to authority of NigComSat, the strategic collaboration would revolutionise access to reliable and affordable internet services in underserved communities across the country.

The terms of the agreement indicated that NigComSat and Hotspot would leverage their respective platforms to deploy cutting-edge satellite technology and innovative connectivity solutions to connect remote and rural areas that have traditionally lacked access to internet connectivities.

By combining NigComSat’s extensive satellite infrastructure and Hotspot’s expertise in rural connectivity, this partnership would empower communities to bridge the digital divide and unlock new opportunities for socio-economic development, NigComSat Managing Director, Jane Egerton-Idehen said at the weekend.

Speaking at an event for the signing of the agreement, Mrs Egerton-Idehen expressed the commitment of NigComSat to leverage its ” technological capabilities to drive digital transformation and improve the lives of Nigerians, especially those in underserved regions.”

“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 Chief Executive Officer, Eng. Morenikeji Aniye, expressed his enthusiasm for the partnership, stating that “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,” Aniye said.

NigComSat is a communication satellite service provider with coverage over African countries and parts of Europe and Asia, while Hotspot Network Limited is a one-shop for all networking and telecommunications needs.

The rural connectivity project is also in partnership with Universal Service Provision Fund (USPF).

The project is expected to deliver rural connectivity on NigComSat-1R Ka-Band platform.

So far, Hotspot has proposed targeting a sizeable number of rural communities across Nigeria with the service.

Our correspondent gathered that the joint initiative between NigComSat and Hotspot will commence immediately, with plans to roll out the first phase of the project in some selected rural areas within the next six months.